Auction 124, Lot 312

"Map of the United States and Texas, Designed to Accompany Smith's Geography for Schools", Burgess, Daniel

Subject: United States, Texas & Mexico

Period: 1839 (dated)

Publication: Smith's Geography for Schools

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.4 x 10.3 inches
44.2 x 26.2 cm

The Republic of Texas was a sovereign state in North America from 1836 to 1845. It was formed as a break-away republic from Mexico by the Texas Revolution. The nation claimed a large region that included all of the present state of Texas together with part of the former Mexican region of New Mexico (parts of present-day New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming). The eastern boundary with the United States was defined by the Adams-Onís Treaty between the United States and Spain, in 1819. Its southern and western-most boundary with Mexico was under dispute throughout the existence of the republic, with Texas claiming that the boundary was the Rio Grande, and Mexico claiming the Nueces River as the boundary.

An interesting school atlas map showing the early territorial borders in the West. Features the Independent Republic of Texas with Austin shown as the capital by a large star. The coloring on the maps shows a huge territory of Oregon extending through Mandan District to border with Iowa. It also continues north well into Canada. The huge Indian Territory lays north of Texas and reaches to the Mandan District, which in turn goes to the border with Canada. Iowa is in a rare configuration that has it stretching from Missouri to the Canadian border and bounded east and west by the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Each state/territory is annotated with the population. The large inset at lower left is a detailed "Map of Mexico and Guatemala" and also shows the Republic of Texas. The inset completely covers the Spanish holdings on the main map. Published for Smith by Daniel Burgess.

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Condition: A

A nice example with the centerfold reinforced with light tissue on the verso.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/7/2008

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