"Mexique, Antilles et Californie…", Dufour, Auguste-Henri
Subject: United States & Mexico
Period: 1858 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
29.5 x 21.5 inches
74.9 x 54.6 cm
This large, handsome map covers the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The interior of the continent is well delineated noting mountains, rivers and many Native American tribes. In the West there are several large territories including Nebraska, Kanzas, Utah, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon. Utah Territory and New Mexico territories are shown in very unusual configurations with the eastern border of California defined by the Sierra Nevada range rather than by straight boundary lines. A color key identifies European colonial possessions including German and French colonies in Texas. Castroville appears as the major town in the Col. Française, which extends west to the Frio River. The Col. Allemande shows the Adelsverein's area between the Colorado and Llano Rivers with Fredericksburg as its primary town. An expansive West Texas presents a very wide Panhandle and Trans-Pecos region. The two inserts are of the French Caribbean island possessions (Guadeloupe and Martinique), the remnants of France's once extensive New World empire.