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1859 - Colton's California - Antique Map

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Item number: WES499
Genuine Antique Map

1859

Maker: Colton

Antique hand-colored map from Colton's Atlas of America Illustrating the Physical and Political Geography of North and South America and the West India Islands by George W. Colton, 1859. The atlas title page indicates the atlas was published by J.H. Colton and Company, but each map in the atlas says it was published by Johnson & Browning (the addresses for both Colton/Johnson & Browning are the same). This map shows the state of California shortly after the gold rush (1848-1855). In 1848, only one week before the official American annexation of the area, gold was discovered in California. Soon afterward, a massive influx of immigration into the area resulted, as prospectors and miners arrived by the thousands. The population burgeoned with United States citizens, Europeans, Middle Easterns, Chinese and other immigrants during the great California Gold Rush. On September 9, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850, California was granted statehood as a free state. This map shows early towns, cities, and counties, and proposed railroads, etc. Inset of the City of San Francisco. Colton's unique decorative border surrounds the map. The Colton firm refused to compromise quality, choosing to compete for sales in the finer quality international market rather than the inexpensive domestic one. Because of this, all maps were engraved by steel plates rather than by wax engraving which became the most common method used in the US. Very good antique condition with some tiny mild spots/foxing and signs of age. Measures approx. 13 x 16 inches to the outside of the decorative border.

Item Number: WES499