Map of South America, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of South America, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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Map of South America, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

During the same year that this map was published, an alliance formed between Brazil, Uruguay, and two Argentine provinces against Argentina for the Platine War. This conflict was primarily the result of Argentina and Brazil vying for control over the Platine territory of Uruguay and Paraguay. Because Uruguay had been in disarray over their Civil War, Argentina saw it as an opportunity to gain control of the territory; though, Uruguay had just won independence from Brazil two decades before. While Argentina declared war on Brazil in 1851, it was short-lived, as it finally ended in 1852 with the victory of the alliance. 

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.
- Mackenzie Pleskovic

Plate size: 13" x 15.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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