Auction 117, Lot 271

"Map of the Route Passed over by an Expedition into the Indian Country in 1832 to the Source of the Mississippi", Allen, James (Lt.)

Subject: Minnesota

Period: 1834 (published)

Publication: HR Doc 323, 23rd Congress, 1st session

Color: Black & White

19 x 15.3 inches
48.3 x 38.9 cm

This scarce and important map was issued to accompany the report by Schoolcraft and Allen. The map covers the region of present-day Minnesota from the western tip of Lake Superior to the Red River. It depicts Ft. Snelling, scores of Sioux villages, Trading Houses of the American Fur Company, and many other fascinating details. It locates the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itaska (here unnamed) at 47°10' North, 95° 54' West. Henry Schoolcraft led the expedition into the upper Mississippi Valley to attempt a reconciliation between the Sioux and Chippewa, and to vaccinate the Chippewa Indians. In the process he found time to search for the headwaters of the Mississippi, which led him to its source in Lake Itaska.

References: Claussen & Friis #28; Phillips (M) p. 440 #5.

Condition: B

Folding, as issued. Crisp impression on strong paper with a little scattered foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 12/6/2006