Thomas G. Bradford. “Indiana.” 1842


Thomas G. Bradford. “Indiana.” From Samuel G. Goodrich’s A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, [1838]-1842. 14 1/4 x 11 3/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Some minor spots in margins. Very good condition.

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An original antique map of Indiana by Thomas Bradford. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford’s atlas, but this example appeared in a later edition. The map shows the social, political and transportation situation in the state at the time. This was issued at a period of rapid growth in the state through the immigration of settlers from further east. This was spurred by the opening of the interior of Indiana through the building of canals and railroads, which allowed the farm produce grown there to reach the hungry markets of the East Coast. This map nicely depicts the early network of railroads and canals that were so crucial in the history of the state. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. A nice picture of Indiana near the middle of the nineteenth century.