"United States", Morse, Sidney Edwards
Subject: United States
Period: 1822 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17 x 10.5 inches
43.2 x 26.7 cm
This uncommon map of the United States shows early territorial configurations in the middle of the country. Arkansas is in its large configuration extending to Mexico, while Texas is named and is part of Mexico. The large Northwest Territory is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River and stretches to Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The central plains and Northwest are labeled Missouri Territory with a portion extending into Canada labeled New Caledonia. In Utah a lake is shown whose "Western Limits...are unknown" and just to the east is the Valle Salado. An unknown river bisects the unnamed Great Basin with a hopeful notation predicting it "will probably be the communication between the Atlantic and Pacific."
Issued folding on thin, banknote-style paper with an edge tear at right that extends 1.5" into the image which has been closed on verso with archival tape. Light toning.