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Willard, Emma, 1787-1870

Emma Willard, “Introductory” Map of American History
This map opened one of the first historical atlases of America, created by the noted educator Emma Willard. Note that she marked not just the location of tribes, but their migration over time.

(1828) | Chapter 1 | View the Map »

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Willard, Emma, 1787-1870

Emma Willard, “First” Map of American History
Willard’s second map in the atlas marked the earliest voyages to America, and took pains to represent change over time. Note the inclusion of failed voyages and settlements..

(1828) | Chapter 1 | View the Map »

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Blanchard, Rufus, 1821-1904

Historical Map of the United States
Inspired by the nation’s centennial, Blanchard used both new and facsimile maps to showcase the history of exploration.

(1876) | Chapter 2 | View the Map »

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Kohl, J. G. (Johann Georg), 1808-1878

Map of the Discovery of the East Coast of the United States
Kohl’s map of the east coast used vibrant color to depict phases of exploration as waves upon the shore. Note his careful discussion on the map of the voyages of Sebastian Cabot.

(1856) | Chapter 2 | View the Map »

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Willard, Emma, 1787-1870

Emma Willard, “Ninth” Map of American History
In her final map of the historical atlas, Willard proudly asserted the admission of new states in the trans-Mississippi west, and detailed the transfer of territory from native tribes to the Union.

(1828) | Chapter 1 | View the Map »

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Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943

Territorial Growth of the United States of America, 1783-1866
This type of map became popular in American schools in the late nineteenth century, a powerful visual depiction of the nation’s historical expansion and ideas of manifest destiny.

(1891) | Chapter 2 | View the Map »

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Witzleben, Arthur de

United States. Area: Acquisition and Transfer of Territory 1780 to 1870
The abbreviations on this map refer to Francis Walker’s comprehensive narrative, which detailed the territorial growth of the nation, from the colonial era down to his own day.

(1872) | Chapter 5 | View the Map »