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Pierre Francois Tardieu:  Territoire de Columbia

Maps of Southeast America (Virginia Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

Title: Territoire de Columbia

Map Maker: Pierre Francois Tardieu

Place / Date: Paris / 1815

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 30344


Rare Map of the District of Columbia, "Drawn by Andw. Ellicott" and "Engraved by P.A.F. Tardieu" in Paris.

Rare English edition of Tardieu's detailed map of  the Territory of Columbia, showing the extent of the entire Territory, along with an early depiction of the City of Washington and Alexandria.

The map includes a fine treatment of the topography of the region, along iwht early roads, rivers and Ellicott's plan of Washington DC.

The map is apparently derived from Andrew Ellicott's Territory of Columbia, published by Thackara & Vallance in 1794. Referred to as The 10 Mile Square, the area was surveyed by Ellicott, who subsequently drew 2 manuscript plans at he request of Thomas Jefferson in 1793.  The Territory consisted fo 64 square miles ceded by Maryland in 1788 and 36 square miles ceded by Virginia in 1789.   While several other topographical manuscript maps were drawn shortly thereafter, the entirety of the Territory of Columbia was largely ignored in printed maps following the Thackera & Vallance map of 1794, making this work by Tardieu one of the earliest depictions of the entire Territory of Columbia and one of the very few maps to refer to the region as a Territory (as opposed to a District).

The map appeared in D. B. Warden's A Statistical, Political and Historical Account of the United States.  It was replaced by a different map in the 1819 edition.

Related Categories:
Maps of the Mid Atlantic (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., West Virginia)
Maps of Southeast America (Virginia Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

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