Map of Brazil, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

Map of Brazil, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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Map of Brazil, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

During the same year that this map was published, the Eusebio de Queiros Law was passed in Brazil to abolish the international slave trade. British slave ships transported thousands of slaves from Africa to Brazilian port cities like Rio de Janeiro, which saw almost 80,000 slaves by 1850. These slaves ships also brought diseases with them; port cities were constantly infected by epidemics, and thousands died. In addition to the spread of disease, this law was deemed necessary by the nation because organized revolts, as a result of forced enslavement, led to induced chaos and fear among the Brazilian people. 

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.

Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company was founded sometime in the early 1800s by Joseph Thomas and Hulings Cowperthwait. It operated under this name until 1853. The following year the company name changed to Cowperthwait, Desilver, and Butler. However, this configuration only lasted for about a year, before it became H. Cowperthwait & Company in 1856. After 1860, it appears the company experienced several more alterations, before ceasing publication at the end of the century.
- Mackenzie Pleskovic

Plate size: 12" x 15"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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