This is the 1853 ornamental engraved map of the United States published by Thayer, Bridgman and Fanning in New York. This example is hand-colored and features numerous vignettes and cartouches of historical people and events from the birth of the republic.
This style map was first published in 1847, but was updated and re-issued in 1849, 1850 and 1853 in response to news of gold in California, “commercial [map] publishers revised and updated previously published maps to take advantage of the gold field interest”. The map features the denotation, “Gold Region” extending from north to south along the Sierra Nevada foothills. A decorative pictorial border flanks the map on all sides, with depictions of such key historical events as the “Landing of Columbus,” the signing of “The Declaration of Independence,” and the “Battle of Monterey.” This is an extremely attractive pre-Civil War map of the United States.
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