Map of Europe, 1860, Mitchell
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Map of Europe, 1860, Mitchell

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Map of Europe, 1860, Mitchell 

There was little power in Europe during 1860s that was increasing quicker or more rampantly than that of Prussia. In 1862, King Wilhelm I appointed Otto von Bismarck as Prime Minister of Prussia. Bismarck sought to increase Prussia's supremacy within the German States in his vision of creating a unified Germany. Though many were wary of Bismarck's intentions for Prussia and the German States, Bismarck was tillable to garner support from those who also sought after German unification, able to win over both the people and the King. Under Bismarck's direction, Prussia dominated a good portion of Europe thanks to his military conquests, including the invasion of Denmark in 1864, and the defeat of Austria in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. Prussia became the most powerful of the German States, bringing King Wilhelm to the position of the Emperor. 

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.

- Ashe Nicholson


Plate size: 14.5" x 11.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition


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