Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of Alabama


One of the earliest obtainable maps of the state of Alabama.

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This beautiful map of Alabama presents the Heart of Dixie in full hand color; divided into large county configurations and the remaining territorial claims of the Creeks and Choctaw Indians in the east and west, respectively. Both tribes would be coerced into signing away these last parcels of land after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. To the south, Florida still retains the east and west divisions created by the Spanish, and would be united as a territory the same year of the map’s publication. Numerous flags can be seen throughout the image, each representing a historic battle site or siege. Several labeled forts also highlight the state’s role as a battleground against Europeans and natives alike.

Some of this vicious fighting is alluded to in the surrounding text, which describes the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814) in some detail. The mutilation of the Red Stick corpses by U.S. troops is tactfully omitted. The other paragraphs provide an interesting contemporary perspective on the state’s climate, geography, history, and political organization. A population table provides demographics (including slaves) and a stark example of how quickly the state was being settled – 9 new counties had been laid out between the 1820 census and the map’s publication two years later.

Drawn by Fielding Lucas, Jr. and engraved by B. Tanner, the sheet was issued as plate number 30 in the 1826 edition of Carey & Lea’s influential Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This important American publication was issued in six separate editions and three different languages between 1822 and 1827. It was heavily influenced by an earlier European atlas by Emmanuel Las Cases (published under the pseudonym A. Lesage.), which inspired the format of a base map surrounded by blocks of informative text and tables of statistics.

Henry Carey, a political economist and the son of prominent publisher Matthew Carey, and his brother-in-law Isaac Lea incorporated this novel theme into their atlas, which focused entirely on the countries of the Western Hemisphere. It was issued at a time of tremendous political change in both North and South America, and the detailed maps accompanied by extensive text provide a unique, often insightful, perspective on the problems and possibilities of the Americas in the first quarter of the 19th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1826

Author: Carey & Lea

Sheet Width (in): 22.25

Sheet Height (in): 17.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor offsetting visible from the neatline, along the outer edges, and there are a few small spots in the lower right quadrant of the sheet. Very good condition overall, with lovely original hand color.


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