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  • Hudson's Bay's country /

    Also covers northern United States. Relief shown pictorially. Copy of a manuscript map from the Archives of the Hudson's Bay Company. Pen-and-ink and watercolor. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Vault

    • Contributor: Kohl, J. G. (Johann Georg) - Pond, Peter
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1850
  • Hydrographical basin of the upper Mississippi River from astronomical and barometrical observations, surveys, and information.

    Scale 1:1,200,000. Relief shown by hachures. "Mountains engraved by E. F. Woodward, Phila." "Reduced and compiled under the direction of Col. J. J. Abert in the Bureau of the Corps of Topl. Engrs. by Lieut. W. H. Emory from the map published in 1842 and from other authorities in 1843. W. J. Stone, Sc." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as ...

    • Contributor: Nicollet, J. N. (Joseph Nicolas) - Frémont, John Charles - Stone, William James - Nicollet, J. N.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1843
  • George Washington's map, accompanying his "journal to the Ohio", 1754.

    Title annotated. Facsimile from Massachusetts' Historical Society Collections, vol. 61. Reproduced in The George Washington Atlas, 1932, plate 11. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image. 4 copies. Copy 2 includes pencil annotations. Copy 3 is a photographic reproduction. Copy 4 is a negative photostat.

    • Contributor: Washington, George
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1754
  • A map of the discoveries of Capt. Lewis & Clark from the Rockey Mountain and the River Lewis to the Cap of Disappointement or the Coloumbia River at the north Pacific Ocean ...

    Relief shown pictorially. Meridians: London and Philadelphia. Ink and watercolor, sectioned in 2 and mounted on cloth. Exhibited: Rivers, edens, empires: Lewis & Clark and the revealing of America, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., July 24-Nov. 29, 2003. Scanned surrogate in vault available for reference. Imperfect: Mended horizontal tear across upper west section, smaller mended tear from middle of west edge, some losses on ...

    • Contributor: Frazer, Robert
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1807
  • Map of an exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 and to Oregon & north California in the years 1843-44 /

    Relief shown by hachures. State 2: Does not include notes or Great Basin statement. Shows place name South Park below Bayou Salade; some place names differ from other states. LC Trails, no. 223 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Exhibition: Exhibited: Rivers, edens, empires: Lewis & Clark and the revealing of America, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., ...

    • Contributor: Frémont, John Charles - Abert, John James - Fillmore, Millard
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1844
  • [Map of Missouri River and vicinity from Saint Charles, Missouri, to Mandan villages of North Dakota : used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in their 1804 expedition up Missouri River].

    Date from accompanying text. Relief shown by symbols for "Black Mountains" or Black Hills. Some place names in both English and French. Based on surveys up to the Mandan-Hidatsa villages by James Mackay and John Evans. Longitudinal errors, at least in part, account for map not being drawn to scale. Prime meridian: Paris [?]. Pen-and-ink. Some pen-and-ink annotations made after 1798. Map backed with ...

    • Contributor: Finiels, Nicolas De. - Lewis, Meriwether - Clark, William - Harrison, William Henry - Mackay, James - Evans, John
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1798
  • Map of Oregon and upper California from the surveys of John Charles Frémont and other authorities /

    Scale 1:3,000,000. Hand colored. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Shows area of U.S. west of the Continental Divide. Includes notes and "Profile of the travelling route from the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains to the Bay of San Francisco." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. 2 copies AACR2: 100; 651/1; 710/2; 710/3

    • Contributor: Frémont, John Charles - Preuss, Charles - Edward Weber & Co. - United States. Congress. Senate
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1848
  • Map of the United States of America : with the contiguous British and Spanish possessions /

    Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridians: London and Washington. Second state. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes inset of the West Indies. Acquired April, 1969 at the Streeter auction, Streeter catalog no. 3797. LC copy sectioned and mounted on cloth backing, with staining and foxing. Vault

    • Contributor: Melish, John - Vallance, J. (John) - Tanner, Henry Schenck
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1816
  • Map of an exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 and to Oregon & north California in the years 1843-44 /

    Relief shown by hachures. State 3: Includes notes, Great Basin statement, and place name South Park below Bayou Salade; some place names differ from other states. "Published in Report of the exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 and to Oregon and north California in the years 1843-44. By Brevet Captain J. C. Fremont ... Printed by order of the Senate ...

    • Contributor: Frémont, John Charles - Abert, John James - Edward Weber & Co. - United States. Congress. Senate
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1844
  • Missouri territory formerly Louisiana.

    Shows boundaries of Missouri Territory depicted differently from other copies (42nd and 49th parallels) Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

    • Contributor: Carey, Mathew
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1814
  • Map showing the distribution of slaves in the Southern States /

    Includes statistical figures, insets showing cotton district and British Isles. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. CW3 Acquisitions control no. 96-8 Vault

    • Contributor: Steinwehr, A. Von (Adolph) - Steinwehr, A. Von
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 186?
  • A mapp of Virginia discovered to ye hills, and in it's latt. from 35 deg. & 1/2 neer Florida to 41 deg. bounds of New England /

    Relief shown pictorially. Based on a manuscript map drawn by John Farrer. Oriented with north to the right. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes text, portrait of Sir Frances Drake, and ill. Vault

    • Contributor: Ferrar, John - Farrer, Virginia - Goddard, John - Overton, John
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1667
  • Louisiana.

    From: Carey's General atlas of the world and quarters. Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

    • Contributor: Carey, Mathew
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1814
  • United States topographical and geological survey of Green River : No 1 preliminary map of Green River from Green River station to Uintah River.

    Relief shown by hachures. At top of map: Scale of miles 2 miles to the inch. Mounted on cloth backing. Map resulting from Powell expedition, 1871. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1871
  • The United States of America, with the British possessions of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland ...

    Also the Spanish Territories of Louisiana and Florida according to the Preliminary Articles of Peace ... 20th of Jan. 1783. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

    • Contributor: Robert Laurie and James Whittle
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1794
  • A new map of North America, from the latest discoveries 1778.

    Scale ca. 1:15,000,000. Relief shown pictorially. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Vault AACR2

    • Contributor: Carver, Jonathan
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1781
  • Map of the territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean; ordered by Jeff'n Davis, Secretary of War to accompany the reports of the explorations for a railroad ...

    Scale 1:3,000,000. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. LC copy annotated in color to show Indian reservations and military departments, and colored flags to show military establishments. Two copies. Copy 1 has brown flags and is sectioned and mounted on cloth backing. Copy 2 has red and brown flags. Incorporates note and surveys added after Jan. 8, 1858. Shows Indian tribal locations, military ...

    • Contributor: Warren, G. K. (Gouverneur Kemble) - Siebert, Selmar - United States. War Department - Warren, G. K.
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1858
  • A new map of the most considerable plantations of the English in America.

    Scale ca. 1:3,300,000. Insets: New Scotland.--I. of Jamaica.--I. of Barbados.--Bermudaz.--Carolina. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Vault AACR2: 100; 651/1

    • Contributor: Nicholls, Sutton
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1700
  • Route and Surveys of the South Magnetic Polar Party, 1908-09.

    From Geographical Journal, 1909. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

    • Contributor: Mawson, Douglas - Shackleton, Ernest Henry
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1909
  • Map of the United States of America : with the contiguous British and Spanish possessions /

    Relief shown pictorially. Prime meridians: London and Washington. Fourth state. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes inset of the West Indies. Acquired by transfer from the U.S. State Department. LC copy sectioned and mounted on cloth backing, with some foxing, and torn along fold lines. Annotated in ink on verso: James Monroe Esq., from his friend, ...

    • Contributor: Melish, John - Vallance, J. (John) - Tanner, Henry Schenck - Monroe, James
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1816
  • Map of the country about the Mississippi.

    Not drawn to scale. Title from verso. Manuscript, pen and ink. Oriented with north toward the upper right. Shows area from Lake Erie to the mouth of the Ohio River. Also mounted on sheet, in same handwriting as map, 2 sheets, one of questions, one of information relating to the map. LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 775 Available also through the Library of ...

    • Contributor: Chegeree
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1755
  • Central Brazil and the new Rio Theodoro.

    "Reproduced by permission, in revised form, from the Bulletin of the American Geographic Society for July, 1914." Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1915
  • About this Collection - Discovery and Exploration - Collections

    This category documents the discovery and exploration with both manuscripts and published maps. Many of these maps reflect the European Age of Discoveries, dating from the late 15th century to the 17th century when Europeans were concerned primarily with determining the outline of the continents as they explored and mapped the coastal areas and the major waterways. Also included are 18th and 19th century ...

  • This map of North America, according to ye newest and most exact observations

    Scale ca. 1:15,000,000. Hand colored. Relief shown pictorially. "To the Right Honourable John Lord Sommers, Baron of Evesham in ye county of Worcester, President of Her Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council &c." Insets: A view of a stage & also of ye manner of fishing for, curing & drying cod at New Found Land.--St. John's harbour.--Boston harbour.--New York &c.--[Charleston region, S.C.]--Port Royal harbour.--The bay ...

    • Contributor: Moll, Herman - Lens, Bernard - Vertue, George - Bowles, John
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 1715
  • Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark : bicentennial commemoration 2003-2006 /

    Legend includes preparation, recruitment, exploration and homecoming, Indian reservations, Louisiana Purchase boundary, and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes historical and descriptive text about the expedition and the historic trail.

    • Contributor: Lewis, Meriwether - Clark, William - Muhly, Frank - Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
    • Original Format: Maps
    • Date: 2003