From the Mitchell Atlas of the World.1874,this map of Iowa and Missouri is as close to a work of map-making art as any I have seen. Hand colored with the grape and vine border. Reproduction prints are fine art quality.
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.
On December 16, 1811, a series of extremely powerful earthquakes hit the eastern United States in what is now Missouri. Church bells all the way in Boston, Massachusetts and Toronto were reported to ring, while sidewalks cracked and broke in Washington, D.C.. Interestingly, the earthquakes helped bring justice to a man called George Lewis, who was murdered on the same night. Lewis, also known as Slave George, was killed by two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews, Lilburn and Isham Lewis. They had been Lewis' slave owner and had killed him with an axe in front of the other slaves. The earthquake interrupted their plan to burn his remains, so the murderers instead put the body in a chimney. If the chimney had not collapsed in two quakes that took place later on in January and February. The Lewis' were investigated, arrested, and charged. Lilburn committed suicide, while Isham escaped from jail and is suspected to have died in the War of 1812.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"