"Minnesota", Colton, Joseph Hutchins
Subject: Minnesota & Dakotas
Period: 1855 (dated)
Publication: Atlas of the World
Color: Hand Color
16.1 x 13 inches
40.9 x 33 cm
This very handsome map depicts Minnesota in a transitional configuration. Western Minnesota is soon to become Dakota Territory, but here it is merged with Minnesota and simply called Pembina. This huge unorganized area occupies a good deal of today's Minnesota in the west and north. Early county development in Minnesota shows little sign of railroads yet. An interesting notation locates vast prairies said to be "the great Hunting and Fighting Ground of Dakotah, Odjebwe, Assiniboin, Arikara, Minitarree and other Nations." The map is filled with details of forts, towns, watershed, lakes, and more. It is surrounded by Colton's signature strapwork border. Blank verso, published in 1855-1856.
There are light dampstains confined to the top and bottom blank margins.