Map of Territory of Wyoming, 1877, Mitchell

Map of Territory of Wyoming, 1877, Mitchell

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Map of Territory of Wyoming, 1877, Mitchell

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1877 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. During the year of 1877, the American West was rattled by violent conflict between Native American bands fighting for their ancestral lands and the white settlers who encroached upon their territory in search of gold and natural resources. In the Territory of Wyoming, the Sioux and Shoshone clashed with the U.S. Army. By the end of the year, the American government had seized the remainder of Sioux land and forced them onto the reservation depicted on this map. After the surrender of Chief Crazy Horse at the Dull Knife Fight during the Great Sioux War of 1876, the Northern Cheyenne were forced onto a southern reservation. There, they suffered during the winter of 1877 from starvation, death and disease as a result of barren hunting grounds. This eventually led to the great Northern Cheyenne Exodus of 1877-1888. 

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.

- Onastasia Youssef

Plate Size: 14" x 11"

Condition: Excellent condition

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