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Mexico Shortly After Independence From Spain

Striking example of Buchon's map of Texas, Upper California and Mexico, from the French edition version Carey & Lea's American Atlas.

Both Lake Timpanogos and Teguayo are shown, with still a hint of a river flowing from Monterrey to Teguayo. Nice detail in the Provincia de Texas, an early appearance of the name.

The Rocky Mountains are a single cordillera, after Humboldt's model. Excellent detail along the upper Rio Grande, although beyond Taos, the River is probably pure speculation. The California Missions are shown as are the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Jean Alexandre Buchon Biography

Jean Alexandre Buchon (1791-1849) was a French scholar and historian. Born as the French Revolution raged, Buchon was dedicated to recovering France’s history in order to help the country heal and grow. He gathered French stories and published them as part of Collection des chroniques nationales franciases ecrites en langue vulgaire, du XIe au XVIe siècle (4 vols, 1824-1829). He also compiled and published an exploration collection and several histories, particularly about medieval France.

For geography, his most important contribution was publication of the French edition of Carey & Lea’s American Atlas in 1825. Each page of the atlas includes highly detailed text about the state or territory depicted, as well as a map of the area. The French edition is generally considered in high regard as compared to other editions, as it has quality paper and superior engraving.