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Auction 185, Lot 99

"Nord-America und West-Indien ", Streit, Friedrich Wilhelm

Subject: North America

Period: 1826 (circa)

Publication: Neuer Atlas Der Ganzen Welt...

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15.5 inches
47 x 39.4 cm
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The United States and Great Britain established in 1818 joint claim over the Oregon Territory - the region north of Spanish controlled Upper California up to the southern boundary of Russia's Alaska Territory at North latitude 54°40'. By the late 1830's this arrangement was beginning to fall apart. In the 1840's the expansionist Democrats, including their 1844 presidential candidate, James Polk, claimed the entire region for the United States. Their expansionist desires were expressed by Polk's famous campaign slogan, "Fifty-four Forty or Fight!" The slogan also became a rally cry for Americans desiring to settle the territory. Following Polk's election, the dispute was resolved by the 1846 Treaty of Oregon, which struck a compromise that fixed the U.S./Canadian boundary at 49º North.

This attractive map of North America and the West Indies focuses mainly on topography, with outline color delineating nations and colonial possessions as indicated by the legend at bottom left. The northern border with Canada shows the claims of the United States beyond the 50° latitude. The west coast consists of Neu Albion, Neu Californien and Alt Californien. Present-day Texas and the southwestern United States are labeled Neu Mexico. Lake Timpanagos appears north of Salz S. - not to be mistaken for another lake called Timbanogos od. Farbob that appears in today's British Columbia. Engraved by Leutemann.

References: Rumsey #4546.010.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color with light soiling and a centerfold separation and edge tear at bottom that have been repaired with archival materials on verso.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/17/2021