Map of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, 1860, Mitchell
Map of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, 1860, Mitchell
1860 was a hectic year for Louisiana, particularly after the election of Abraham Lincoln. The Republican Party at the time did not have power in Louisiana, in fact Lincoln’s name was not even on the ballot. So when he was elected as president of the United States, it is no surprise that it was met with opposition. Much of the reason why Lincoln was disliked was due to his stance on slavery. Having a Republican, abolitionist president at the time meant that the plantation economy many relied on for their income on was in danger. As hatred for Lincoln increased, talk of secession increased as well. Those known to support Lincoln were not welcomed in the state; one account details that a man from Boston was asked to leave the town of Shreveport because he was a known Lincoln supporter. However in spite of such talk, the state would not secede until January of the next year.
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 original antique map is single paged, as issued. Published in Pennsylvania by S.A. Mitchell Jr. in 1860.
- Ashley Nicholson
Plate Size: 11.2" x 14"
Condition: Minor foxing but in otherwise good condition