Map of Kentucky and Tennessee


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 Kentucky and Tennessee, one of 13 maps in the atlas. Kentucky and Tennessee were the first part of the United States west of the Alleghenies to be settled by American pioneers, most of whom came initially from Virginia and North Carolina. Kentucky was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792, becoming the 15th state. Tennessee was admitted exactly four years later, on June 1, 1796, as the 16th state.

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John Arrowsmith, London


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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

Last updated: May 24, 2017