1874 Mitchell World Atlas – Kansas and Nebraska

 

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A County and Township map of 1874 from the Mitchell World Atlas. This hand colored map of Nebraska and Kansas is highly detailed.
A “double page” plate in original size of 15″x24″,this is a very high quality reproduction print.A beautiful and thoughtful gift. $57.95 includes shipping charges to USA and Canada.

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.

Major Stephen H. Long was an American army explorer who embarked on a scientific expedition in the Great Plains area, a region which encompasses the state of Nebraska. Long is quoted to have deems the Land from Nebraska to Oklahoma "unfit for cultivation and of course inhabitable by a people depending upon agriculture." He dubbed the land the "Great Desert." Given the technology of the time, Long's statement proved accurate. The land lacked timber, proper soil, adequate access to water, and was prone for very hard winters. The hostile Natives that inhabited the so called desert proved difficult to communicate with. Ironically however, the Native American tribes had been surviving there for centuries. Even more interestingly, by the end of the 19th century, the "Great Desert" became America's breadbasket.

Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 15" x 24"

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