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Map of the United States of North America (1802)
Artist/Maker: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823)
Materials: engraved on 4 sheets
Dimensions: 129.5 x 143.5 (51 x 56 1/2 in.)
Location: Entrance Hall
Owner: Library of Congress
Historical Notes:Jefferson purchased this map in 1803 for use in planning the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Considered the most accurate representation to date of the land west of the Mississippi, the map shows the United States, parts of Canada, and the Louisiana Territory. In his order for the map, Jefferson wrote that he would prefer the English edition, "because I know the engraving is superiorly well done."
- ↑ This article is based on Stein, Worlds, 393.
- ↑ Seymour I. Schwartz and Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Mapping of America (New York: Abrams, 1980), 221.
- ↑ Jefferson to James Cheetham, Washington, June 17, 1803. Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress. Letterpress copy available online.
- Arrowsmith, Aaron. A Map of the United States of North America... London: A. Arrowsmith, 1802. Image available online from the David Rumsey Collection.