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United States of America map
United States of America map
TitleUnited States of America map
Date of Original1821
CreatorMelish, John, 1771-1822
Creator RoleCartographer
DescriptionJohn Melish hired Benjamin Tanner to engrave this map which he then published in 1820.
Ordering Information
General SubjectMaps, stamps and seals
Subject (LCTGM)Maps
LocationUnited States
Item NumberMap 973.5 M523u 1821
Format of OriginalMaps
Dimensions of Original41 x 53 cm.
Publisher of OriginalM. Carey & Son (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia (Pa.)
NotesRelief shown pictorially.
Hand colored.
Scale 1:7, 603, 220.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
Biography/HistoryMelish immigrated to the US in 1811 from Scotland. Although he had been in the textile business in Scotland, in the US he became a publisher of maps and was very influential in that field. His maps were hand colored which allowed the reader to immediately see the shapes of states and territories.
The nomenclature (naming of locations) is not modern. What we usually know as the Louisiana Purchase is called Missouri Territory on this map. The state of Missouri had been removed from the Louisiana Purchase by the Missouri Compromise (1820). Map reverts to earlier mapping of Red River of the North showing it flowing from the east with the Swan River as a major tributary. Moose River is today called the Mouse or Souris River. Note the road from Mandan villages to the Hudson Bay factories (or trading posts) near Brandon, Manitoba.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Map Collection
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (Map 973.5 M523u 1821)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDshMap973.5M523u1821
OCLC number32747946
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