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Description

First state of this finely detailed map of Minnesota and Dakota Territory, published by Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr.

Dacotah Territory extends well west of the Missouri River.  Indian lands predominate the Dacotah Territory, with no less than 5 different bands of Dakota Indians present, as well as others including Cree, Assiniboine, Ree, and Mandan.

Nice detail along the Missouri River and its Tributaries. Several early forts are noted including Ft. Pierre, Ft. Lookout, Ft. Clarke, and Ft. Berthold.

A number of counties are still not formed in Minnesota. Lake Bemidji is labeled as "Pemidji Lake" and the city of Bemidji is absent and would not be surveyed by European Americans until 1874. Stevens route is shown for the Northern Pacific, along with existing and other proposed rail lines.

Condition Description
Original hand-color by county. Faint toning and foxing, largely confined to the margins.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. Biography

Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. inherited the Mitchell Company from his father in 1860. For over thirty years, the company had specialized in the production of school atlases and wall maps of America. They were one of the pioneers on engraving on steel plates. In 1860, Samuel Jr. released the New General Atlas, which had been compiled in house and replaced a previous atlas by Tanner. The elder Mitchell died in 1868 and Samuel Jr. continued the business until the 1890s. At its height, the Mitchell Company employed 250 people and sold 400,000 publications annually.