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The Rare Map of the United States, Showing The Mormon State of Deseret

Exceedingly rare 1852 Artaria map of the United States, with a clearly delineated region named Deseret.

The map provides a fine overview of the Western United States, including most notably the inclusion of Deseret, which is delineated as massive region, covering Utah, Nevada, Arizona and much of New Mexico, with Alta California hugging the coastline.

The name Deseret is added, showing what would appear to be recognition by the publisher of the proposal sent by Brigham Young to Washington to create the State of Deseret (1849), and the formal organization of a shadow government for the future state of Deseret in 1850.

Many Indian tribes and important western roads are shown. The German colony in Texas (Deutscher Colonialbesitz) is shown.

Brigham Young's State of Deseret

The provisional State of Deseret was founded in 1849 by Latter-Day Saint settlers in the Salt Lake city area. Brigham Young sent John Milton Bernhisel to Washington, D.C. to petition for territorial status, but later, in March 1849, elected to change the petition to a request for Statehood. The proposed state covered most of the lands from the Rocky Mountains and Oregon Territory to Mexico, extending west to the Sierra Nevadas and south to the Santa Monica Mountains, including Los Angeles and San Diego. While the provisional government met for several years, Utah Territory was formally created in 1851.


This is the first time we have ever seen this map offered for sale.

Streeter #3824, Wheat #695, Wheat Maps of the California Gold Region #176.