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1861 - Map of the United States and Territories. Together with Canada, etc. - Antique Map

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Item number: USA081
Genuine Antique Hand Colored Map


Maker: Mitchell.

Antique hand colored map of the United States, with states delineated by color, and with insets of Pensacola Bay and Hampton Roads and Norfolk Harbor. This map was published in 1861, the year of the start of the Civil War. With detail of cities and towns, water bodies, and roads. Shows routes of Pony Express, and mail route to the west. Of particular interest: The government had been dividing the west into territories but halted doing so when it became clear that there was a divide between north and south- they did not want to create more states that would choose the Confederacy- so Dacotah is a large territory that encompasses modern Montana, Wyoming, both Dakotas, and Idaho, Washington territoy has much of modern Idaho, Nevada is smaller, Utah is larger, and New Mexico and Arizona are shown as horizontal, which they never were except according to the settlers in the early 1860s- when the US government separated Arizona from New Mexico in 1863 they were divided vertically. Good to very good condition with excessive folding at center and slight seam separation at top and bottom center seam, 13.25 x 21.5 inches.

Item Number: USA081