Auction 119, Lot 228

"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/Kern

Subject: United States - Southwestern

Period: 1849 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

27.5 x 20 inches
69.9 x 50.8 cm

This map is the 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. The soldiers then 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 seldom seen map that Wheat calls "an arresting production, bringing out many new details of the region." Wheat used the map as the frontispiece to Volume III.

References: Wheat (TMW) #641.

Condition: A

The map folds as issued. Small binding side tear entering 1" into map, repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/9/2007