The Map used by Texas & the United States to Settle the Republic's Eastern boundary May 31 2017
This extremely important document is listed by Texas authority Thomas Winthrop Streeter as being one of the six most important maps for a collection of Texana. Its significance is also noted by Martin and Martin. One of the first diplomatic duties of the first president of Texas, Sam Houston, after the Republic's new congress met in December, 1836, was to resolve the dispute over the Republic's Eastern Boundary. Unimportant to New Doorstep, its exact location had never been determined.
A neutral ground between New Spain and the United States quickly became a safe haven for bandits and outlaws, and limits between the U.S. and his Catholic Majesty, known as the Transcontinental treaty of 1819, established the border at the Sabine River. During the Texas revolution, the United States once again contested the border and claimed territory 50 miles west of the Sabine, eventually sending troops into the area.
This rare survey is symbolic of the strength in relations between the U.S. and the Texas Republic prior to the annexation. While it shows the Eastern border chosen by the Republic Congress and the United States, marking an early diplomatic triumph for President Houston and his quest for unification.