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Auction 147, Lot 180

"A Map of the North Western Territory", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: North Central United States

Period: 1796 (circa)

Publication: Morse's American Universal Geography

Color: Black & White

9.4 x 7.4 inches
23.9 x 18.8 cm
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This early and fascinating map primarily describes the area between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, detailing watershed and many forts. Indian lands ceded to the United States as part of the Treaty of 1795 are identified in Ohio. A huge area "Extensive High Plains" appears in northern Michigan. The fictitious Bellin-Charlevoix islands are shown in Lake Superior, the "Indian Line" is delineated and the Connecticut and Virginia Lands are identified. The Mississippi River is labeled "Sources Unknown." The Missouri River is "Said to be navigable 1300 Miles." Frontier villages include S. Louis, Tawas, and Kaskaskias. A copper mine is noted in today's Upper Peninsula. Only four of the Great Lakes are shown with Ontario off the map. On the southwest shore of Illinois Lake is "Old Priorias F & V." An early map that was published in Boston by Thomas & Andrews. Engraved by S. Hill.

References: Wheat & Brun #679.

Condition: A

Issued folding with one tiny fold separation that just enters the neatline at top.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 11/20/2013