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Rare German map of the US, published in the same year as the Louisiana Purchase and highlighting Jefferson's US on the eve of the expedtitions of Lewis & Clark, Zebulon Pike, etc.

Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1805, there was a tremendous push to chart and explore the new American West. Gussefeld's map is illustrative of the extent of contemporary knowledge of the area purchased by Jefferson in 1803, including conjectural mountain ranges in the regions north and south of the Missouri River, scattered Indian Tribes and lots of conjecture. A massive Indiana Territory extends nearly to Winnepeg. Ohio is badly misprojected. A fascinating inaccurate Tennessee-North Carolina border, immediately after the disappearance of Franklin. East & West Florida are shown, along with Mississippi Terr prior to Alabama. Full of early exploration notes, anomalous state & territorial borders, early forts, trading posts, etc.