John Dower. “Mexico and Guatimala.” From A New General Atlas of the World.
London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1835. 13 1/4 x 16 3/8. Engraving by J. Dower. Original outline color. Excellent condition.
A fine British map showing Mexico the year before Texas broke away and a decade before it lost “Upper or New California” as well. The map shows the typical superb craftsmanship of the British mapmakers, with clearly engraved, copious detail throughout Mexico. Only a few rivers and mountains are indicated in what was then the United States. In the current southwestern part of the United States, then part of Mexico, the information is quite good, showing rivers, Indian tribes, and some settlements. Of note is the geographic error of a double representation of the Great Salt Lake, as well as equally non-existent rivers running from these lakes to the Pacific. A nice picture of the geographic knowledge and mistakes of the period.
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