"No. 5 Map of the United States Engraved to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography", Mitchell, Samuel Augustus
Subject: United States, Texas, Mexico
Period: 1839 (dated)
Publication: Mitchell's School and Family Geography
Color: Hand Color
16.7 x 10.3 inches
42.4 x 26.2 cm
This early map has terrific western territorial borders featuring the Independent Republic of Texas with the long stovepipe border extending well above Pike's Peak to the 42nd parallel. Austin is shown as the republic's capital city. It names Bexar, Victoria, Columbia, Houston, Franklin, and Galveston. Notations within Texas include "Herds of Buffaloes and Wild Horses," "Mustang Desert," and "Extensive Prairies." The Great American Desert extends from the panhandle up into the large Indian Territory. The huge Missouri Territory lays between the even larger Oregon Territory and extends to meet the Iowa Territory at the Missouri River. The large Indian Territory fills the region from Texas to Missouri Territory along the North Fork of the Platte River, west to Upper California and east to border with Missouri and Arkansas. The large inset "No. 6 Map of Mexico and Guatimala" shows Mexico in control of the entire Southwest up to Oregon Territory and eastward to Texas. An early Mitchell map that was engraved by W. Williams.
There are faint manuscript notations in pencil in the map image, a light spot in Texas, and centerfold separations confined to the top and bottom blank margin that have been repaired on verso with archival materials.