"No. 15 Map of Oregon and Upper California", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus
Subject: Western United States
Period: 1846 (dated)
Publication: Mitchell's School and Family Geography
Color: Hand Color
8 x 10.4 inches
20.3 x 26.4 cm
This is the smaller school atlas version of Mitchell's well-known map based largely on John C. Fremont's map of 1845. This edition has the US/Canadian boundary as we know it today with the notation "Boundary of 1846." Upper California extends eastward to the Rio Grande and Oregon Territory to the Continental Divide. The map delineates the Oregon route (Oregon Trail) in good detail as it winds from the Sweetwater River through South Pass to Oregon City. Numerous Indian tribes and villages and forts are located. The Great Basin is shown in an early depiction here called the Great Interior Basin of California. At lower left is the inset "Map of the Columbia River from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean" which locates Oregon City, Ft. Vancouver, a mission on the Columbia, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens with a height of 13,300 feet.
References: Wheat (TMW) #518.
Original full hand color. Some soiling on lower right quadrant and both right corner tips missing, well away from map image. A child's pencil artwork is on verso. Invisible 3" razor slice in image at lower right corner, closed on verso.