Rare example of the true first state of Desilver's map of the United States, predating his changeover to his trademarked decorative border, which occurred later in 1856. Desilver was the successor to Thomas Cowperthwaite & Company in publication of Mitchells New Univesal Atlas. The most notable change from earlier editions of the map is the creation of Kansas Territory, extending to the Rocky Mountains and the creation of Nebraska Territory, extending to Canada and the Rocky Mountains. The map retains many of its marvelous characteristic details, including Indian Tribal names, early settlements, explorer routes, gold, silver and copper mines in California and New Mexico Territory, Great S0panish Trail, Oregon Trail, extensive early roads in Oregon and Washington Territories and California, many early forts and settlements, etc. Insets of the Gold Regions and Washington DC. Many early railroads are shown, along with Battlefields in the Eastern United States. Many early forts appear in Texas. A nice example of this rare early state of Desilver's map of the US.
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