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Auction 153, Lot 215

"Map of the Route Pursued in 1849 by the U.S. Troops, Under the Command of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Jno. M. Washington, Governor of New Mexico, in an Expedition Against the Navajos Indians", Simpson/Kern

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1849 (dated)

Publication: Navajo Journal, 31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Exec. Doc. No.64

Color: Hand Color

27.5 x 20 inches
69.9 x 50.8 cm

This map is the product of a punitive expedition against marauding Navajo Indians. The expedition traveled from Santa Fe to Jemez Pueblo, then on the Navaho trail to Chaco Canyon, and via Washington Pass to Canyon de Chelly. They engaged the Navajo in their strongholds at Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly where the tribe was soundly defeated. The soldiers then explored the area and were the first white men to discover and describe the prehistoric pueblos in the region. The return route traveled south of the Zuni Pueblos and east past Inscription Rock and Laguna Pueblo to the Rio Grande. A seldom seen map that Wheat calls "an arresting production, bringing out many new details of the region."

References: Wheat (TMW) #641.

Condition: B

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with tissue to reinforce and repair a 2" tear near the center of the map and a 1.5" binding tear at left. Faint toning along the folds.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/20/2015