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Samuel Lewis’ landmark map of the Northwest Territory

A landmark map of the United States territory north and west of the Ohio River, with much valuable detail on the progress of Federal land sales, the extension of national boundaries at the expense of the native peoples, and accelerating settlement on the frontier.  Background After independence the public lands north and west of the […]

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Plan of the Campus Martius (Marietta), unrecorded by Wheat & Brun

A rare plan of the Campus Martius at Marietta, marking a major milestone in American territorial expansion.  Background After independence the public lands north and west of the Ohio River presented the Congress with both an opportunity and a problem: On the one hand a well-managed process of land sales and settlement would replenish government […]

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With the first map to propose American independence

A rare volume offering an early plan for American independence, with a visionary map of the future United States, possibly the first published proposal for dividing the trans-Appalachian territory into new colonies. This far-sighted work argues “that by granting the Colonists an unrestrained civil Freedom and Legislative Independence, we may most effectually secure their future […]

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Ca 1788 Winthrop Sargent plan of Indian mounds at Marietta

Important 18th-century manuscript map of the Indian mounds at Marietta, Ohio… with intriguing connection to Spanish diplomacy in America

A remarkable late-1780s manuscript map of the monumental Indian mounds at the future site of Marietta, Ohio, the first American settlement north and west of the Ohio River. Signed by Winthrop Sargent and produced for presentation to Don Diego Gardoqui, Spanish Minister to the United States, the map hints at Spain’s schemes regarding the American […]

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[Rufus Putnam], This Indenture made the [blank] Day of [blank], in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred [blank], BETWEEN Rufus Putnam, Surveyor General of the United States… NP, ND [but Chillicothe or Marietta, 1800-1803?]

Rare Northwest Territory broadside, for use by Rufus Putnam

An extremely rare broadside indenture produced during the tenure of Rufus Putnam as Surveyor General of the United States and reflecting Federal Government efforts to stimulate settlement of the public lands northwest of the Ohio River. Background After independence the public lands north and west of the Ohio River presented the Congress with both an […]

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