"Map of Central America Shewing the Different Lines of Atlantic & Pacific Communication", Wyld, James
Subject: Central America
Period: 1850 (dated)
Publication: HR doc 75, 31st Cong. 1st Sess.
Color: Hand Color
32 x 22.5 inches
81.3 x 57.2 cm
A most unusual U.S. Government edition of this handsome map of Central America executed by Englishman James Wyld and published in a report to Congress. At the time, there was great interest in Central America as the site for a land transit that would cut weeks off a journey to California and the gold fields. The map shows four sections: Across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; from Port Sn. Juan del Norte to Port Realejo; between Charges (Atlantic) &c Vaca de Monte (Pacific); and from the Lake Nicaragua to Port San Juna del Sur. A large and very colorful inset shows the Isthmus of Panama and the planned route in great detail. Printed on much heavier paper than the typical government document.
Folding as issued. Very handsome full original hand coloring.