Map of Quebec, 1878, Mitchell
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1878 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. The colonies of Great Britain in North America, including Quebec, first united in 1867. Together, they formed the modern-day nation of Canada. By the mid-1870s, Quebec was well-established and much of the focus in the region was on politics and industry. In 1878, Conservatives were the majority in the legislative government, and the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council argued over the existence of the latter. In Quebec City, a coastal town, ethnic riots broke out in 1878. The French-speaking locals fought with Irish immigrants after the former decided to go after the traditionally Irish long shoring jobs. The conflict ended when the Ship Labourer's Benevolent Society decreed that there must be an equal number of men from both groups on the job.
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