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Gilpin, William, 1813-1894

Gilpin’s Hydrographic Map of North America
Gilpin designed this to shift the nation’s center of gravity westward toward the neglected interior, just as the nation acquired new territories in 1848

(1848) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Gilpin, William, 1813-1894

Map of the World Exhibiting the Isothermal Zodiac
Gilpin adopted Humboldt’s lines to “demonstrate” that the U.S. was destined for economic and political supremacy.

(1860) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Gilpin, William, 1813-1894

Map of the Basin of the Mississippi
Gilpin emphasized geographical relationships to showcase the “great basin” of the interior, which he predicted would soon become the economic, political, and demographic center of the nation.

(1860) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »