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Map of the United States of North America (1802)

Artist/Maker: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823)

Created: 1802

Origin/Purchase: London

Materials: engraved on 4 sheets

Dimensions: 129.5 × 143.5 (51 × 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.1 In his order for the map, Jefferson wrote that he would prefer the English edition, "because I know the engraving is superiorly well done."2

- Text from Stein, Worlds, 393

Further Sources

  • 1. Seymour I. Schwartz and Ralph E. Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1980), 221.
  • 2. Jefferson to James Cheetham, June 17, 1803, in PTJ, 40:549. Transcription available at Founders Online.
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