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Auction 105, Lot 161

"Map of the Route pursued in 1849 by the U.S. Troops, under the command of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Jno. M. Washington, Governor of New Mexico, in an expedition against the Navajos Indians", Simpson, James H. (Lt. Col.)

Subject: Arizona and New Mexico

Period: 1849 (dated)

Publication: Navajo Journal, 31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Exec. Doc. No.64

Color: Black & White

27.8 x 20.2 inches
70.6 x 51.3 cm

This map is a product of a punitive expedition against marauding Navajo Indians. The expedition traveled from Santa Fe to Jemez Pueblo, then on the Navaho trail to Chaco Canyon, and via Washington Pass to Canyon de Chelly. They engaged the Navajo in their strongholds at Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly where the tribe was soundly defeated. Then they explored the area and were the first white men to discover and describe the prehistoric pueblos in the region. The return route traveled south of the Zuni Pueblos and east past Inscription Rock and Laguna Pueblo to the Rio Grande. A very early description of Canyon de Chelly. A seldom seen map that Wheat calls "an arresting production, bringing out many new details of the region," illustrated in Volume III.

References: Wheat (TMW) #641.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now backed with archival tissue. Toned along folds.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/3/2003