America (North) antique map


Antique copper line engraved map of North America. Including Russian America, Canada, the United States and New Spain (Mexico.) Original hand colouring. Paper size 8×10.25ins. Dated in the plate May 1806.

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America antique map. Antique map of North America including, Russian America, Canada, United States of America and Mexico. At the time this map was produced, Texas was a part of Mexico and the Napoleonic War was in progress. The Battle of Trafalgar had occurred only a year earlier. The map was engraved by James Barlow (FI 1790-1810) Published by C. Brightly and E. Kinnersly, Bungay, Suffolk. Dated in the plate May 1806. Source: Blomfield’s “A General View of the World, Geographical, Philosophical and Historical.” Includes the United States, Russian America, Canada, New Foundland, Mexico. Russian America was the name of the Russian colonial possessions in the Americas from 1733 to 1867. Settlements spanned parts of what are now the US states of California, Alaska, and two ports in Hawaii. Formal incorporation of the possessions by Russia did not take place until the Ukase of 1799 which established a monopoly for the Russian–American Company and also granted the Russian Orthodox Church certain rights in the new possessions. Many of its possessions were abandoned in the 19th century. In 1867 Russia sold its last remaining possessions to the United States for $7.2 million ($120 million in 2013 dollars). Canada. The 1783 Treaty of Paris recognized American independence and ceded the newly added territories south (but not north) of the Great Lakes to the new United States. New Brunswick was split from Nova Scotia as part of a reorganization of Loyalist settlements in the Maritimes. To accommodate English-speaking Loyalists in Quebec, the Constitutional Act of 1791 divided the province into French-speaking Lower Canada (later Quebec) and English-speaking Upper Canada (later Ontario), granting each its own elected legislative assembly. United States. The period of this map saw rapid expansion of the United States. The Louisiana Purchase of French-claimed territory in 1803 almost doubled the nation’s size. The War of 1812, declared against Britain over various grievances and fought to a draw, strengthened U.S. nationalism.  A series of military incursions into Florida led Spain to cede it and other Gulf Coast territory in 1819. Mexico The capture of Tenochtitlan marked the beginning of a 300-year-long colonial period, during which Mexico was known as “New Spain“. At the time of the execution of this map, New Spain (and later Mexico) was by far the largest country, albeit a colony,  in North America.

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