1843, "Map of Texas," John Arrowsmith

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Map of Texas, compiled from Surveys recorded in the Land Office of Texas, and other Official Surveys." Insets of Galveston Bay and Western United States, Texas and Mexico. John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), 10 Soho Square, London. In outline hand colors of yellow, blue and green, with divisions by county. Thick rag paper. Intaglio engraving. (Image: 19-3/4" x 24-½" on 21-½" x 26-½" folding page). Cartouche includes two seals: Republic of Texas; and General Land Office. Note below seals reads, "Recognized as an Independent State by Great Britain, 16th Novr. 1840." Map dated June 8, 1843. References: Streeter Texas 1373A, Wheat 451, Martin & Martin 32. This map is identical to the map which appears in the Rumsey Collection (davidrumsey.com), the only difference being that it does not appear to have ever been "tabbed," as the one shown by Rumsey. This map is identical to the 1841 version, except for the date. Two interesting facts are the Red River is also labeled "Rio Roxo (not rojo) de Natchitoches" and the Brazos River is labeled "Rio Brazos de Dios" (arms of God) or "Flores." Texas is shown at its greatest extent and includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. Texas became an independent Republic when it adopted its Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. The 23 original counties were: Austin, Bexar, Brazoria, Colorado, Goliad, Gonzales, Harrisburg, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Milam, Mina (changed to Bastrop in 1837), Nacogdoches, Red River, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Patricio, Shelby, Victoria and Washington. Six counties were added in 1837: Fannin, Fayette; Fort Bend; Houston; Montgomery; and Robertson. Galveston became a county in 1838 and Harrison was organized in 1839. In 1840, Bowie, Lamar and Travis became counties. Brazos was organized in 1841. Rusk became a county in 1843. The map is current through 1839, except for the complete omission of San Augustine County. Red River and Harrisburg are no longer counties. This map will be sold by appointment. Please make offer.



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