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Scarce map of the United States, extending west to the Missouri River Valley, published in London by Teesdale.

The map shows a double-width Arkansas Territory, half of which would become Indian Territory.

The Missouri Valley (Missouri Territory) is filled with Indian names.

The Columbian Fur Company Establishment is shown (a reference to the Columbia Fur Company). When the Hudson's Bay Company merged with the old North West Company in 1821, nine hundred employees were left without work. This group formed the Columbia Fur Company, operating between the upper Mississippi and the upper Missouri Rivers.

In the summer of 1827, John Jacob Astor bought out the Columbia Fur Company and reorganized it as the Upper Missouri Outfit, centered at the Mandan villages on the northern Missouri River. Kenneth McKenzie was put in charge, and he immediately established Fort Floyd at the mouth of the Yellowstone River. Soon renamed Fort Union, it was one of the greatest American posts in the region. The combination of the Upper Missouri Outfit and the Western Department gave Astor near-total control of the Missouri River fur trade.

Interestingly, a number of the state and territory borders were not full engraved, leaving the delineations up to the colorist, who sometimes got quite creative with where they placed the lines.

Condition Description
Original hand-color in full. Minor centerfold toning.
Henry Teesdale Biography

Teesdale was a London-based map publisher. He was an early Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, elected in 1830. Teesdale partnered with John Hordan and William Colling Hodson, but this arrangement dissolved in 1832. Afterward, he continued to work on his own and periodically with colleagues like John Crane Dower, Christopher Greenwood, Josiah Henshall and others. He published a variety of atlases and separately-issued maps. His business was quite successful, as he registered as a partner in the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1845.