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Other nations have tried to check … the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions… John Louis O’Sullivan

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Mapping the West : America’s westward movement 1524-1890  Paul E. Cohen ; introduction by David Rumsey  New York : Rizzoli, 2002  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 208 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 205) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Mapping the West: America’s Westward Movement 1524-1890, a stunning collection of the finest maps ever made of the American West, chronicles the cartographic history of the western United States from 1524 to 1890. The book begins with a look at the European powers’ (Spain, France, England) efforts to comprehend their far-flung colonies, then directs our attention toward U.S. Government and military maps made by such notables as Lewis and Clark, Robert E. Lee, and C.T. Beauregard. Also included are maps by American Indians, maps that highlight the epicenter of the California gold rush, and maps that delineate the proposed and final courses of the transcontinental railroad, to mention only a few of the areas herein discussed.

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The sixty-five maps shown come from collections throughout the world. Leading private collectors of maps of the American West, whose holdings have never been published, have put their collections at the disposal of this study. Many maps are here shown for the first time, most for the first time in color. Filled with fascinating historical anecdote and detailed scholarship, Mapping the West is a work that will be highly prized and is a sumptuous feast of glorious full-color reproductions of maps by the most extraordinary cartographers this country has known.

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