1871, "XIII Texas," Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr.

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"XIII Texas," E.H. Butler & Co., Philadelphia, 1871. (Image: 8 1/4" high x 10 1/2" wide). This small map was part of a school geography produced by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Jr.  The Mitchell family was very active and well respected in American cartographic publishing, first, through the family patriarch, Samuel Augustus Mitchell, and later through his son, S.A. Mitchell, Jr.  Senior acquired the rights to Finley’s American Atlas in 1831 and began issuing his own maps in the same year. S.A. Mitchell, Jr. succeeded his father in 1860. This map has attractive light blue hand coloring. It shows the meandering national mail route from Sherman to Gainesville to Fort Belknap to Ft. Phantom Hill (Shackleford County) to Ft. Chadbourne (Runnels County) through "Comanche and Lipans" and then north and west through New Mexico to El Paso. The inset of the Pan Handle shows the road from Santa Fe to Fort Smith, Arkansas. This great map locates over a dozen western forts and notes the locations of the battles of San Jacinto (1836), Palo Alto (1846) and Resaca de La Palma (1846). It is in very good condition but has a slight border, as shown. The border is sufficient for matting and framing.


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