One of the most interesting of all of the Bradford maps is this map of Michigan Territory and adjoining regions. Michigan proper is shown with counties in the southern half, the north being Ottowa and Michilmackinack lands. To the west of Lake Michigan is a region oddly subdivided and called Distric of Huron and Attached to Michigan, which extends to the Mississippi. It notes the Crawford County (comprising most of Minnesota), Mississippi and New York Land Co. Tracts, Carver's Tracts, Chippeway County, Michilimackinac County (both reaching to the Mississippi River) Brown County (comprising most of Wisconsin) and a square identified as Green Bay. East of Lake Huron, the London District, Home District, New Castle District and Midland District are shown. Locates forts, towns, lakes, mountains, rivers, and names early counties. A marvelous transitional map.
Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was an American geographic publisher. He hailed from Bradford, Massachusetts and began his publishing career by working for the America Encyclopedia. Then, he edited and republished the Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient, which had originally been offered in French by Adrian Balbi. In 1835, he published another atlas, A Comprehensive Atlas: Geographical, Historical & Commercial, and, in 1838, An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries. His interests were primarily in educational publishing and he was one of the first mapmakers to show Texas as an independent country.