Auction 165, Lot 74

"A Map of North America, Denoting the Boundaries of the Yearly Meetings of Friends and the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes", Religious Society of Friends

Subject: North America

Period: 1844 (published)

Publication: Some Account of the Conduct of the Religious Society of Friends...

Color: Hand Color

21.1 x 18.3 inches
53.6 x 46.5 cm

This map illustrates the status of Indian nations in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. It was issued in Some Account of the Conduct of the Religious Society of Friends Towards the Indian Tribes in the Settlement of the Colonies of East and West Jersey and Pennsylvania (not included), which was published by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers as they are more commonly known. It was produced for the Aborigines' Committee of the Meetings of Sufferings in London, 1844. The Quakers held these meetings every year, in which they focused on the wrongs suffered by aboriginal peoples all over the world.

The map shows the United States all the way to the West Coast with a great Republic of Texas reaching into present-day Colorado. The United States has no claims to the Southwest yet, and the northwest border with Canada and the U.S. has been left undefined due to the unsettled claims in that region. The extent of immigration and developed territories is confined to east of the Mississippi. The map names all the known tribes and where they are located with a color key at left that also informs us that the Catawba, Uchee and Natchez Indians are extinct. Anotther key shows the location of annual Friends meetings, and a table at the right notes the number of tribal members of each tribe and also how many had, at that point, been moved from their homelands.


Condition: B+

Pleasant light toning with a bit of offsetting in the corners of the sheet from an opposing page of text.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/15/2017