Thomas Jefferson's Northwest Territory
Rare map of the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi, extending from Lake of the Woods and Lake Alemipigon to the Tennessee River and just below the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The Mississippi extends north to Red lake, St. Anthony's Falls, Ft. L. Hullier and the St. Peter River, the Copper mines on Lake Superior and Coal Mines near Minneapolis are noted. The Upper and Lower Iowa Indian Villages are shown. Old Ft. Orleans on the Missouri appears. Detroit is shown, along with excellent early detail along the Ohio River. Chicago does not appear, but Lit. Fort is shown in its place. Ft. Wayne, Ft. Joseph Greenville and St. Vincent are named. The Virginia Donation Lands and Col. Simmes are named. Ft. St. Pierre also appears.
This marvelous map of the Upper portions of Spanish Louisiana and what would become Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Missouri is one of the most sought after American published Atlas maps. This map appeared in only a few late examples of Volume IV of John Payne's New and Complete Universal Geography… published in New York by John Low at the Shakespeare Head, No. 332 Water-Street, in 1799.
Wheat & Brun were unable to locate a copy of the map in any of the copies of Payne's Geography which they examined. A bit of misfolding and soiling, but still a presentable example of this now almost unobtainable map.