First edition of this decorative map of the United States, with portrait of President Washington; view of the Capitol.
The map provides a fantastic large presentation of California in one of its most curious configurations. This is one of the strangest and most interesting California borders we have seen. The map also provides a curiouly shaped Indian Territory (in the shape of a Tomahawk), along with a large presentation of Oregon Territory, Missouri Territory, and Minnesota Territory.
The curious "Stovepipe" configuration for Texas is also worthy of notice. While the configuration was not unusual in maps from the mid-1840s, it is very unusual to see this configuration on a map published in the United States in 1850.
The route from Panama to San Francisco is indicated by a dotted line, as is the route from New York to Chagres. The route of the traders from Missouri to New Mexico via the Santa Fe Trail] is also noted. The western Native tribes are noted in several of the western territories and California, with several annotations within the map.
This curious set of western states and territories appears only on the 1850 map. By 1851, the map has been significantly revised.