Large folding engraved wall map, float-mounted and framed two separate sheets (each 51 x 38 4/8 inches), each laid down on cartographic linen in 16 sections, with original hand-colour in full, showing the tracks of major explorers from Tasman to Briscoe, compass roses, a table of Explanation of bearings and distances, and a table of Distances, both lower right, edged in green silk (a bit browned at folds, some loss to edging). The original maroon morocco, gilt, wallet framed beneath.
A fine large wall map showing the tracks of the major explorers to the mid 1830s, with other interesting and important events noted. British recognition of the Republic of Texas in November of 1840 is recorded, although James Hamilton was only able to agree three treaties with the British at this stage. These were related to commerce and navigation, a second provided for British mediation in the Texas-Mexico difficulties concerning peace, and a third called for the suppression of slave trade, and though signed in November 1840, because of various delays ratifications were not actually exchanged until July 28, 1842.
The new boundary between the British Possessions in North America and the United States which was only decided as recently as April of 1842 with the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty is recorded. "This treaty settled many long-standing issues between the United States and England that by 1842 had become acute. These included U.S.-Canadian boundary disputes; the 1837 burning by Canadians of a U.S. steamship, the Caroline, in the Niagara River, with the death of a crewman; the 1840 arrest in New York State of a Canadian, Alexander McLeod, accused of involvement in the Caroline affair; and the refusal of British authorities to return to the United States the African-American slaves who in 1841 had seized and diverted to the Bahamas a U.S. brig, the Creole, transporting them from Virginia to New Orleans...The Webster-Ashburton Treaty granted the United States nearly 60 percent of the disputed area in the Northeast, including a strategic military location at the top of Lake Champlain, along with a region west of Lake Superior, Minnesota's Mesabi Range, that later proved rich in iron ore. It also allowed Americans to turn westward and encouraged what proved to be an enduring Anglo-American rapprochement" (www.anb.org). Joseph W. Schmitz for Texas State Historical Association online. For more information about this map, or a warm welcome to see it and other maps in our gallery at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Caleb Kiffer.