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Auction 163, Lot 116

Depicts the State of Franklin

"United States", Wyld, James

Subject: Eastern United States

Period: 1824 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.5 x 8.8 inches
29.2 x 22.4 cm
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This small map of the young United States includes several important historical regions. One of the most unique and scarce features on early maps of the United States is the appearance of Franklinia. In 1785 settlers in present-day western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee organized a state government to be named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Congress turned down their appeal but the fledgling state maintained a legislature and governor until 1788. This ephemeral state appeared on only a small number of maps into the early part of the 19th century, this being a late example. Another interesting feature is the region labeled Indiana that takes up what is now West Virginia. This land was a major contention between the private Indiana Land Company and the State of Virginia in the latter part of the 18th century. The argument over ownership of the property resulted in the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana Land Company lost its claim to the land. Several other interesting place names include the Heckerton Settlement, many early forts, Indian villages, and the location of the winter camps for Lewis & Clark in 1803/04 and Lieut. Pike's two years later. The large Western Territory takes up present-day Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The large Louisiana is further west. Published by John Thomson in Edinburgh.

References: Dotson & Baker (OWA) #27.2; Baynton-Williams (TMC-72) p. 17, #17.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean sheet with original outline color.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/14/2017