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E[phraim] Gilman, Draftsman, / P. S. Duval’s Lithy. Philada., [Untitled map of the United States.] Washington, D.C., 1848.

Fascinating map of the United States promoting President Polk’s agenda

A fascinating map of the United States prepared in late 1848 to accompany President James Polk’s final annual message to Congress.  The map was drawn on short notice by Ephraim Gilman, at the time the Principal Draftsman of the General Land Office. Gilman’s map depicts the United States as a trans-continental power, a status achieved […]

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