Map of Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado (Showing also the southern portion of Dacotah), 1861, Mitchell
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Map of Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado (Showing also the southern portion of Dacotah), 1861, Mitchell

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Map of Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado (Showing also the southern portion of Dacotah), 1861, Mitchell

In 1861, a surge of German settlers flooded into Nebraska. This movement is largely contributed to the establishment of the Nebraska Deutsche Zeitung, a German language magazine in which was circulated both nationally and internationally in Germany. The settlers created their own little community in Omaha, establishing churches and businesses such as grocery stores and farm supply shops. Such communities allowed the settlers be both successful and to continue on their daily lives in German. Several young German men even served in the Nebraska battalion during the Civil War, with many going on to later serve in unit throughout the country.

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.

This map has original hand coloring in shades of pink, green, orange, yellow and blue, and is surrounded by a decorative floral border typical of Mitchell maps. Published in Philadelphia, this original antique map is taken from Mitchell’s New General Atlas, and is single paged, as issued. Published by S.A. Mitchell Jr. in 1861.

-Ashley Nicholson

Plate Size: 14.5" x 11.75"

Condition: Some foxing, but otherwise in fine condition 


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