1874 Mitchell World Atlas – New York State

 

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This is an archival reproduction giclee print of a beautiful map of New York State. Originally from the Mitchell Atlas of the World. Lucia pigments and Enhanced Matte heavyweight paper ( 192 GSM ) make this map a substantial value.

George Clinton held the office of Governor of New York forth longest number of years in United States history. He began his 21 years of service in 1777 as the state's first governor, served until 1795, and then again served for three years from 1801 to 1804. Clinton then moved on to serve as Vice President from 1805 to 1812 for Thomas Jefferson and then again for James Madison. He was a passionate patriot who signed the Declaration of Independence and defended his state as brigadier general during the Revolutionary War early in his life. He maintained an intense hatred for the Tories and slyly kept taxes down by seizing and selling Tory estates. Although he was a good friend and supporter of President Washington, he did not let this effect his politics. Clinton refused to support the Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added. 

Ranking third in public assembly building fires, the catastrophic Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876 claimed just under 300 lives. A common grave was constructed for 103 unidentified victims. The fatalities centered primarily around the family circle, rows of inexpensive seating positioned high in the theater. Exit from the gallery, which held some 400 people, was in the form of a single stairwell, which sustained extreme temperatures and suffocating smoke early in the disaster. The small stairwell was immediately jammed with people, cutting off the escape of the majority of  occupants. Those remaining in the gallery rapidly succumbed to smoke inhalation and died. The fire had taken place near the start of the performance, a production of The Two Orphans. A gas light ignited some extra scenery stored behind the stage. The fire was only discovered midway through the play after it had spread sufficiently. Fire raged through the night, completely destroying the building.

Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"

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