1795 Bowles’s New One-Sheet Map of the United States of America: with the Territories Belonging to Great Britain and Spain
By: Carrington Bowles & Jonathan Carver
Date: 1795 (circa) London
Dimensions: 18.5 x 20 inches (47 x 50.8 cm)
This late 18th century map of the United States and territories is absolutely loaded with curiosities and detail, starting with the shapes, borders, and locations of numerous states in the newly independent country. Maine displays the dispute of its boundary between the US and Britain, Pennsylvania is shown to be much larger than in actuality encompassing much of New York, and Indiana is depicted as a tiny state in the place of present day West Virginia. In the south, Georgia is nearly half the size of South Carolina, the Mississippi Territory is not labeled and Florida (a territory of Spain) is divided into eastern and western regions.
Much of the text in this map has to do with American fishing rights and the treaty of 1783 which is noted in text just left of the decorative title cartouche, within the key, and further explained with another text box featuring Article III. Thirteen states are acknowledged as free and independent with 6 more states listed below including the early and miniature Indiana and the expansive Western Territory. Native American tribes are noted throughout the map along with forts, towns, and cities that include Cascakia, the first capitol of Illinois.
Condition: Map is in A condition with original color.
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