Map of Oregon and Upper California From the Surveys of John Charles Fremont and Other Authorities

Preuss, Charles & John Charles Fremont

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Place Published: Washington
Publisher: Lithography by E.Weber & Company
Date Published: 1848
Book Id: 44515

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Large folding map [90 cm by 69 cm] Overall a nice clean copy of this uncommon map.

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This map is one of the greatest cartographic achievements of the American West and helped to fill in the great unknown of the Great Basin and points farther West and is the only contemporary work to come out of Fremont's third expedition. According to Wheat "they constitute the only detailed reports ever made by Fremont on his expedition of 1845-1846; his journals subsequently were burned and, by the time he came to write his Memoirs, he had forgotten nearly everything he did not remember incorrectly." The Preuss map was the first to show the Mormon Zion (albeit wrong - the map shows the Mormon settlement at the northern shore of Utah Lake) and the first to use the name 'Golden Gate' in reference to the San Francisco Bay. The map also lists the various Native American tribes of the American west. Boundary lines hand colored in green.Fremont described the work as follows "The map has been constructed expressly to exhibit the two countries of Oregon and the Alta California together. It is believed to be the most correct that has appeared of either of them; and it is certainly the only one that shows the structure and configuration of the interior of Upper California." With this great map of 1848 John Charles Fremont passes from the Western cartographic scene. Wheat 559. Moffat 17