: This image is a reproduction of a map of the United States created in 1820 by cartographer John Melish (1771-1822.) the map is included in C.V. Lasvoisne's "A Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronological and Geographical Atlas" (Philadelphia: M. Carey & Son, 1820). The original print was a color lithograph. Melish titled his map " United States of America compiled from the latest & best Authorities." The map scale is 120 miles to the inch.
The map depicts the area bounded by New Brunswick, Canada, on the east; Missouri Territory on the west; the Great Lakes region (Canada and the U.S.) on the north; and Florida and present-day northern Mexico on the south.
John Melish (1771-1822) was born in Scotland and apprenticed to a cotton maker. His job brought him to America at various times, and he settled permanently in Philadelphia in 1811. He wrote extensively of his travels in America during the early 19th century and became one of his adopted country's best cartographers during this period. His most famous map, published in 1816, depicted the United States from coast to coast.
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: AL06994 Subjects
: Maps--United States; Historical map; Map drawing; Melish, John, 1771-1822 Places
: Printed Material