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South America
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): 27 5/8 x 22 1/2in. (70.2 x 57.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 29 x 24in. (73.7 x 61cm) Mount (height x width): 29 3/8 x 24 3/8in. (74.6 x 61.9cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Mitchell's Outline Maps were intended for use in geography to schoolchildren. Teachers would ask questions based on the information included in each map. A separately published key identified the towns, cities, and geographical features, and provided sample questions meant to engage the students' interest. For South America, these included "What metals and minerals are found in South America?" "What is said of the character of the inhabitants?" and "What of their employments and diversions?" The questions appear to assume an extensive knowledge of South America on the part of the students.
Description: Map of South America, with countries delineated with broken solid lines. The countries are not 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 through shading, rivers and islands.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "No. 19. / Mitchell's Series / OF OUTLINE MAPS FOR / THE USE OF / ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS. / Published by / MATHER, CASE, TIFFANY & BURNHAM, / Hartford" Bottom left, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1841, by S. Augustus Mitchell in the Clerk's office of the district court of the eastern district of Pennsylvania"
Object Number: 2012.312.222.17
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