Map of Canada East, 1860, Mitchell
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Map of Canada East, 1860, Mitchell

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Map of Canada East, 1860, Mitchell

In 1860, Canada celebrated the grand opening of the Great Victoria Bridge, known today as the Victoria Bridge. Though the first freight train and first passenger train had already passed over the bridge the prior year, the bridge was not officially opened until August 25th, 1860. Originally, Queen Victoria was invited to the opening ceremony; however, Queen Victoria declined the invitation and sent her 18 year old son, the Prince of Wales, to attend the event in her place. The Bridge originally was built as a tubular bridge and was the first to span the St. Lawrence River. Upon its completion, it was the longest bridge in the world, and total construction costed $6,600,000.

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.

- Ashley Nicholson

Plate Size: 13.75" x 11.2"

Condition: Minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

 


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