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- David H. Burr (1803–75) was a surveyor and cartographer, who served as topographer to the United States Post Office Department in 1832–38 and as geographer to the House of Representatives in 1838–47. Under the direction of the postmaster general, Burr compiled information from postmasters throughout the country about transportation routes—post roads, railroads, and canals—and the location of post offices to produce a large set of state and regional maps. Published in 1839 by the prominent London mapmaking firm of John Arrowsmith, Burr’s The American Atlas offers a detailed picture of settlement and transportation patterns in the United States in the decades before the Civil War. Shown here is Burr’s map of Michigan and part of the Wisconsin Territory, one of 13 maps in the atlas. Michigan became the 26th state of the Union on January 26, 1837. This map shows the northern part of the state as very sparsely populated and not yet organized into counties. Congress created the Wisconsin Territory in 1836, but the territory did not become the 30th state in the Union until May 29, 1848.
Type of Item
- 1 map from loose-leaf atlas : hand colored, mounted on cloth ; 130 x 130 centimeters or smaller, folded in case 50 x 33 x 7 centimeters