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Virginia / Maryland / District of Columbia
1841
Printer:Printed by Mather, Case, Tiffany & Burnham , American, active 1841
Lithography; black printer's ink and watercolor on paper, lined with linen
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 23 1/8 x 27 1/4in. (58.7 x 69.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 24 5/8 x 29in. (62.5 x 73.7cm) Mount (height x width): 25 x 29 3/8in. (63.5 x 74.6cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: In 1841, when this map was issued for use in teaching geography to schoolchildren, Virginia was the largest state in the Union. Texas was an independent republic, and would not become a state until 1845. The future West Virginia would not become a separate state until 1863, when it would secede from the mother state over the issue of slavery. Like all maps, this map records a particular moment in time, and like most maps, it quickly became outdated. The red and green lines on the map represent canals and railroads, which, over the following decades, would spread their net to encompass an ever wider area and which would play a crucial role in the coming war.
Description: Map of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The boundary lines are marked with broken solid lines and pink watercolor. There are several solid black lines that have been colored red or green. None of the places on the map are labeled; instead, there are numbers and letters, some marked with circles, that correspond with information in the key, published separately from the map. Natural features include elevation, conveyed with hachure marks, islands and rivers.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, top, printed in black ink: "No. 10. / Mitchell's Series / OF OUTLINE MAPS FOR / THE USE OF / ACADEMIES and SCHOOLS." Bottom left, printed in black ink: "S. Augustus Mitchell"
Object Number: 2012.312.222.8
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