Map of North Western America, Mitchell, 1872
"North Western America, Showing the Territory Ceded by Russia to the United States", Mitchell, 1872
After purchasing Alaska from the Russian government, one of the main attractions for Americans arriving in the area at the beginning of the 1870s was the chance to strike it rich. Gold was first discovered in Alaska in the 1860s, but in the 1870s, the Alaskan Gold Rush began to pick up real steam in the Southeastern region. In 1882, gold was discovered in Sitka, marked here on the map as Sitka or New Archangel (its Russian name). Another gold rush occurred along the Stikine River in British Columbia, specifically in the Cassiar Gold District or present-day Wrangell. The gold was discovered by Henry Thibert and Angus McCulloch. There, miners earned over a hundred dollars a day. The Cassiar Gold District would prove to be a prosperous site for the remainder of the decade, but petered out by 1880.
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. This map was published in Mitchell's New General Atlas, which replaced the earlier New Universal Atlas.
Plate size: 15" x 12"
Condition: Some small marks, but otherwise in excellent condition