"Map of Central America. Compiled from Materials Furnished by the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate of the U.S.", U.S. Coast Survey
Subject: Central America
Period: 1856 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
42.3 x 43.2 inches
107.4 x 109.7 cm
This large-scale map of Central America and the Caribbean extends to include the Gulf Coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the entirety of Florida. The primary purpose of the map is to illustrate the various proposed routes for a land transit that would cut weeks off a journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Three possible routes are shown including ones through Mexico, Panama, and Honduras. Below the main map image are three inset maps showing good detail of Honduran route. The map also shows excellent detail of political boundaries, towns and settlements, rivers, and topography along with numerous notations describing the region. Dissected and backed with linen. Folds into brown cloth-covered boards with gilt title on front cover (6 x 8").
References: Phillips (Maps) p. 216.
Overall light toning, scattered foxing, and occasional faint damp stains mostly along the folds. A small chip in the top left corner of the sheet has been reattached to the linen. Covers are sunned.