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A map of the United States of N. America

The map displayed here was produced after the American Revolutionary war, when settlement of the Old Northwest was popular. To create an orderly and diplomatic process with the native inhabitants of the region, the Continental Congress imposed the Land Ordinance of 1784. This legislation regulated the governance of the territory, and divided the region into ten states, each with specified boundaries. Thomas Jefferson proposed ten names for the states, which are included on this map and outlined in light red. The Great Seal of the United States also appears in the ornamental cartouche.

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Creator

Pursell, Henry D.

Publisher

Bailey, Francis, 1735?-1815

Date

[1784]

Name on Item

engraved by H.D. Pursell for F. Bailey's pocket almanac.

Publisher

[Francis Bailey

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:17,500,000]

Language

English

Location

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Collection (local)

Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon

Subjects
  • United States--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • North and Central America
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand col. ; 13 x 17 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • The first known published map to show Jefferson's proposed state names in the Old Northwest.
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • From: Bailey's pocket atlas, 1785.
  • This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=90.

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