Map of the West Indies, Central America, and Mexico colored by country. Shows major cities and waterways. One inset shows a proposed canal route through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, another shows a proposed canal route through Nicaragua. Text gives distances from New York to San Francisco and a breakdown of island groups. An interesting map from an early school geography book.
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.