Colton 1856 North America


“North America.”  From Colton’s Atlas of America.  New York: J.H. Colton, [1855]-1856.  15 1/2 x 12 3/4.  Lithograph.  Original hand color.  Very good condition.

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An attractive and historically interesting map of North America by one of the leading American mapmakers of the mid-nineteenth century.  The map shows from the British and Russian Possessions in the north (this map was issued about a decade before the purchase of Alaska), to the West Indies and Central America in the south.  Of particular interest is the depiction of the United States with an interesting rendering of the western territories.  Produced just a year after the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, these two territories are indicated, as are large territories for Washington, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico.