Maker: Jedidiah Morse
Black and White Antique Map of North America, by Jedidiah Morse, from "A Compendious and Complete System of Modern Geography", c. 1814 published by Thomas & Andrews and engraved by Doolittle. Includes New Albion and Sir Francis Drake's Harbor in California. New Albion, also known as Nova Albion, was the name of all North America north of Mexico, from "sea to sea," claimed by Sir Francis Drake for England in 1579. The extent of New Albion and the location of Drake's port have long been debated by historians, with most believing that he came ashore in the Bay Area on the coast of northern California. Also includes the River of the West, an imaginary river that connects the east and west coasts (promoted by Thomas Jefferson). Quivira also appears on this map. Quivira was one of the Seven Cities of Gold that drove many people to search North America for these cities. St Louis is on this map with its previous name: New Madrid. This map appeared in several editions of the Morse atlas. Good overall antique condition, with toning, some minor stains and image transfer, and some repaired paper loss at lower left corner. Measures approx. 7.25 x 8.75 inches to the neatlines.
Model Number: NAM054