Map of Iowa, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Iowa, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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Map of Iowa, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

During the early 1850’s, Iowa experienced a boom of immigration into their state. In 1850, there were about 192,214 people living in Iowa. Most of the population of Iowa was made up of people from Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; however, a chunk of the population was made up of immigrants. There were about 20,969 immigrants in which made up Iowa’s population; out of this population, about 7,000 of them were German immigrants, with other immigrants being form nations such as Ireland, England, Canada and the Netherlands. Popular settling sites were near rivers in the southern and eastern regions of the state. Unlike some other states during this time, Iowa welcomed the immigrants, advertising their state through publications and advertisements by railroad and steamboat companies.

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.

- Ashley Nicholson

Plate size: 15" x 13"

Condition: Some foxing, but otherwise in fine antiquarian condition 


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