From the Mitchell World Atlas of 1874,a beautiful County map of Minnesota. Hand colored and highly detailed, making it a thoughtful gift for any age.
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 1782, the smallpox epidemic reached Minnesota. Epidemics of smallpox in American colonies occurred first in the 17th and 18th centuries. From the years 1775-1782, the New World became devastated with the epidemic. Columbus' first voyage is thought to have brought this virus across the Atlantic. During the years of the Revolutionary War, medicinal options did not exist to help stop the transmission. Death from the disease became as common as that from the war. Small pox is a highly contagious disease, often fatal to young children and young adults. Its ability to spread through saliva, bed sheets, and clothing made the close-knit Native tribes especially susceptible.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"