Antique Map Of The United States By David Burr - 1839
Drawing - Engraving
Burr's 1839 map of the United States was the most detailed map of the country up to that time, and showed all of the territory of the US from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. At the time the map was made, Michigan and Arkansas were the last states admitted to the Union, the vast region to the west and north still lacked territorial boundaries, and the northern border of Mexico extended up to the northern borders of present-day California, Nevada and Utah.
In the eastern half of the country, numerous canals are shown in blue, and a number of railroad lines are shown in red, showing the modest extent of the railway system at that time. In the west, the locations of numerous Native American tribes are shown, as well as the routes of the explorers Jedediah Smith and Peter Ogden. The map is also notable for showing the locations and landowner's names of the large tracts in Texas (including Austin), as well as for being one of the first maps to indicate that the Great Basin of Nevada and Utah contained no outlet to the sea.
March 27th, 2014
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