Auction 159, Lot 145

"Localities of All the Indian Tribes of North America in 1833 [on sheet with] Statement Showing the Number of Each Tribe of Indians... [and] Present Localities of the Indian Tribes West of the Mississippi...", Bowen & Co., John T.

Subject: United States

Period: 1844 (circa)

Publication: History of the Indian Tribes of North America...

Color: Black & White

13.3 x 16.8 inches
33.8 x 42.7 cm

This fascinating sheet features the only maps to appear in Col. Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America..., an important three-volume work famous for its stunning portraits and in-depth biographies of Indian chiefs. The top half of the sheet primarily focuses on the locations of all of Indian tribes in the United States in 1833, identifying settlements with miniature illustrations of teepees. It extends as far north as Lake Winnipeg and as far south as St. Augustine and New Orleans. To the north of Missouri and Illinois are large Iowa and Wisconsin territories, while the western coast is labeled as one massive Oregon Territory. A note north of Texas warns of Hostile Ground. Beneath this map, at left, is a chart detailing the redistribution of the Indian population to the west of the Mississippi a dozen years after the upheavals initiated with the 1830 signing of the Indian Removal Act. Opposite of this chart is another map delineating the locations of various tribes west of the Mississippi as of 1843. Taken together, the two maps and chart paint a vivid picture of the forced migration of the Indians during the presidencies of Andrew Jackson and his successor Martin van Buren.


Condition: B

There is a light damp stain that just enters the image at top right and light toning at right. The sheet has been trimmed at right with the right border and a small portion of the top map missing.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/14/2016