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Auction 133, Lot 90

"A Map of North America Denoting the Boundaries of the Yearly Meetings of Friends and the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes", Religious Society of Friends

Subject: North America

Period: 1844 (published)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 18.2 inches
53.3 x 46.2 cm
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Very unusual map put forth by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers as they are more commonly known. This map was made for a book entitled Some Account of the Conduct of the Religious Society of Friends Towards the Indian Tribes. . ., that was made for meetings held by the Quakers called Aborigines' Committee of the Meeting of the Sufferings. The Quakers held these meetings annually and they focused on the wrongs suffered by aboriginal peoples all over the world. This meeting was held in London in 1844. The map shows the United States all the way to the West Coast with a great Republic of Texas reaching into present-day Colorado. The United States has no claims to the Southwest yet, and the northwest border with Canada and the U.S. has been left undefined due to the unsettled claims in that region. The extent of immigration and developed territories is confined to east of the Mississippi. The map names all the known tribes and where they are located with a color key at left that also informs us that the Catawba, Uchee and Natchez Indians are extinct. A key shows the location of annual Friends meetings and a table at the right notes the number of tribal members of each tribe and also how many had, at that point, been moved from their homelands. This map was drawn by Jim Bowden and lithographed by H. Clark.


Condition: B+

Folding as issued. Fine original color and full margins. Some scattered spots above the table and toning at upper right, otherwise a very nice example of this difficult to find map.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/1/2010