From the Mitchell World Atlas of 1874, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas and (part of) Montana. Hand-colored with Mitchell’s signature grape and vine border this print is perfect reproduction of the original shown here.
The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 when the United States acquired France's claim to the Louisiana territory. The territory encompassed the present day states of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Louisiana were also included. America paid about $15 million for the land, which would total up to about $230 million in today's dollars. France had controlled this land from 1699 to 1762, when it gave the land to its ally, Spain. The territory was recaptured under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800 in the hope of building an empire in North America. With an impending war with Britain and violent slave war in Haiti, Napoleon abandoned these plans and sold the land overnight to the Americans. President Thomas Jefferson presided over the purchase, without the knowledge or consent of Congress. The purchase was agreed to be unconstitutional. Jefferson, however, was pardoned, as the purchase proved incredibly advantageous for the new nation.
In July of 1820, Botanist Edwin James and two other explorers made the first recorded ascent of Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is a mountain in the Rocky Mountain range. James was a young student, fresh out of Middlebury College. Along the way, he became the first to describe the blue columbine, Colorado's state flower, and discovered gold in what is now Denver. The gold-mining area was the first to be referred to as "Pike's Peak." Later on, in 1893, Katharine Lee Bates would compose the song "America the Beautiful" after admiring the view from the Peak's summit. In 1976, University of Chicago student, Tom Miller pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak with his nose. While studying fads and follies, Miller encountered the previous record of 21 days, which he deemed unacceptable for a world record. He ultimately accomplished the same task in 4 days, 23 hours, and 47 minutes.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"