Map of Holland and Belgium, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Holland and Belgium, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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In an attempt to overthrow the Austrian Empire for a more democratic and representative government, Western and Central European nations experienced a wave of political unrest widely known as the Revolutions of 1848. While the revolutions began in Italy, the reactions quickly spread, instilling a desire for more liberal politics. While the revolts in the Netherlands and throughout Europe were politically unsuccessful, the 1850s became a period of social and cultural adaptation with the gravitation toward a more economically capitalist system. During this time, Belgium became central to the boom of the textile and machine industries. Though politics remained largely unchanged after the revolutions, European nations like Holland and Belgium were able to economically flourish with the growth of industrial capitalism. 

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: 11" x 13"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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