New Acquisition: 1853 Western States – Smith

I recently acquired this great map showing the western states and territories in the United States in 1853.

An ORIGINAL antique 1853 map of the WESTERN UNITED States from Smith Schools Atlas. The States and Territories are individually hand watercolored. The West is shown very different from today. The entire upper Great Plains is shown as a huge NEBRASKA TERRITORY. The WASHINGTON and OREGON TERRITORIES are twice the size of the modern States and extend east all the way to the Rocky Mountains.

The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859.

ORIGINAL antique 1853 map of the WESTERN UNITED States from Smith Schools Atlas

The KANSAS TERRITORY extends west all the way to the Rockies and included modern Denver. A huge UTAH TERRITORY, with a population of only 11,000, included all of modern Utah and most of NEVADA, COLORADO, and part of WYOMING. FILLMORE CITY is marked as the “Proposed Capital” of the UTAH TERRITORY. The NEW MEXICO TERRITORY included all of modern NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA, and part of COLORADO and NEVADA. CALIFORNIA had just become a state in 1850 and is shown with a population of 264,000.

Most of the States and Territories have their populations printed on them. The locations of dozens of Indian Tribes are shown throughout the West.

Map measures 10 X 12 inches.

the copyright date of 1853 is printed along the lower border. The original hand watercolors are still bright and vibrant. This map is over 155 years old published a decade prior to the CIVIL WAR.

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