"Minnesota", Colton, Joseph Hutchins
Subject: Minnesota and Dakotas
Period: 1855 (dated)
Publication: Atlas of the World
Color: Hand Color
16 x 13 inches
40.6 x 33 cm
A very handsome map with a transitional configuration of Minnesota. Western Minnesota is soon to become Dakota Territory, but here it is merged with Minnesota and simply called Pembina. This huge unorganized area occupies a good deal of today's Minnesota in the west and north. Early county development in Minnesota with little sign of railroads yet. Interesting notation locates vast prairies said to be "the great Hunting and Fighting Ground of Dakotah, Odjebwe, Assiniboin, Arikara, Minitarree and other Nations." Filled with details of forts, towns, watershed, lakes, and more. The map is surrounded in Colton's signature strap work border.
The map is near fine with a crisp impression, fine original color and full margins. One small light spot in Pembina and a crease along lower margin with some edge tears, well away from image.