1810 Pike - A Sketch of the Vice Royalty Exhibiting the Several Provinces and its Aproximation to the Internal Provinces of New Spain

Early 19th century American map of Mexico

Title:

A Sketch of the Vice Royalty Exhibiting the Several Provinces and its Aproximation to the Internal Provinces of New Spain

Map maker:

Zebulon Montgomery Pike, An Account of the Expeditions to the Source of the Mississippi...

Place and Year:

Philadelphia, 1810

Dimensions:

33 x 40.5 cm (13 x 16 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

Scarce map of Mexico, from Oxaca to the Rio Grande.

Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779 – 1813) was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pike's Peak in Colorado was named. As a U.S. Army officer he led two expeditions under authority of third President Thomas Jefferson through the new Louisiana Purchase territory, first in 1805-06 to reconnoiter the upper northern reaches of the Mississippi River, and then in 1806-07 to explore the Southwest to the fringes of the northern Spanish-colonial settlements of New Mexico and Texas. Pike's expeditions coincided with other Jeffersonian expeditions, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition up the Red River (1806).

Pike's second expedition crossed the Rocky Mountains into what became later as southern Colorado, which led to his capture by the Spanish colonial authorities near Santa Fe, who sent Pike and his men to Chihuahua (present-day Mexico), for interrogation. Later in 1807, Pike and some of his men were escorted by the Spanish through Texas and released near American territory in Louisiana.

In 1810, Pike published an account of his expeditions, a book so popular that it was translated into Dutch, French, and German languages, for publication in Europe. He later achieved the rank of brigadier general in the American Army and served during the War of 1812, during which he was killed at the Battle of York, in April 1813, outside of the then British colonial capital of Upper Canada (later Ontario).

CONDITION NOTES

Creased, as issued; some offsetting; very good.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00456

REFERENCES

http://www.zebulonpike.org/pike-in-mexico.htm

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