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Deseret and The American West

Detailed map of North America, published shortly after the discovery of Gold in California in 1848, which includes a reference to the State of Deseret, a provisional state of the United States, proposed in 1849 by settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The provisional state existed for slightly over two years and was never recognized by the United States government.

The map shows the beginnings of the Western Territorial expansion, following the end of the Mexican War in 1848 and the California Gold Rush of 1849.

The configuration of Texas is quite odd, not yet reflecting the Compromise of 1850, which would establish the modern Texas boundary. The map also pre-dates the 1854 Gadsden Purchase.

In the West, California, Oregon Territory, Yutah Territory and Neu Mexico Territory dominate the region west of the Rock Mountains, pre-dating the formation of Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Similarly, a massive Missouri Territory and Indian Territory are shown, pre-dating the formation of Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, with Minnesota still in a territorial configuration, prior to statehood.

Alaska is shown as Russian Territory, with its coastal outline now well defined, but very little interior detail. A massive Nordwest-Territorium is identified, with no mention of British Columbia. The vast majority of Central and Western Canada is labeled Hudson's Bai Lander, referencing the control of the region by the Hudson's Bay Company.