Carl Radefeld. "Nord-Americanische Freistaaten. Nach den besten Quellen entw. u. gezeiehn v. Hauptm. Radefeld. 1845."
Hildburghhausen: J. Meyer, 1845. 11 1/2 x 13 7/8. Engraving. Original outline color. With some staining. Otherwise, good condition.
A map showing the United States, with Texas as a republic, and Mexico just before it lost Upper California in the Mexican-American War. Issued in Meyer's Handatlas, the map provides much topographical and political information of the U.S., with mostly rivers and lakes in upper Mexico. Of note in that region is the typical double image of the Great Salt Lake and the non-existent rivers running from these lakes into San Francisco Bay. Texas, shaped like a heart, is shown just before, but in the year of, its annexation by the United States. The states and territories are named using a key in the lower left, which interestingly differentiates between slave and non-slave states. Outlines of "districks" as well as states are evident in the Trans-Mississippi West.