Showing The Choctaw Nation and Indian Boundary Line
Striking example of Fielding Lucas' finely executed map of Louisiana and Mississippi Territory.
The map shows Louisiana before the formation of a number of its northern parishes, along with a fine early depiction of Territory Mississippi.
The counties and parishes are shown in outline color, with only a few counties shown in Southwestern Mississippi Territory. The road from Natchez to Nashville is shown, but this edition pre-dates the appearance of Jackson, Mississippi.
The map was issued separately and also appeared in the rare 1817 edition of Lucas' A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of Each of the United States, however this is the first edition of the atlas to include this map.
The map is a reduced version of Darby's 1816 map of Louisiana and Mississippi Territory.
Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781-1854) was a prominent American cartographer, engraver, artist, and public figure during the first half of the 19th century.
Lucas was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and moved to Philadelphia as a teenager, before settling in Baltimore. There he launched a successful cartographic career. Lucas's first atlas was announced in early- to mid-1812, with production taking place between September 1812 and December of 1813, by which point the engravings were complete. Bound copies of the atlas -- A new and elegant general atlas: Containing maps of each of the United States -- were available early in the next year, beating Carey to market by about two months. Lucas later published A General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps Of all the known Countries in the World in the early 1820s.