Texas Heritage, Volume 19, Number 1, Winter 2001 Page: 19
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A Cartographic History of Texas
Fig. 7 Humboldt, Alexander von. Carte du Mexique et des Pays Limetropes Situres ou Nort et E'est, 1811.
Fig. 8 Alzate y Ramirez, Jos6. Nuevo Mapa Geografico de la America Septentrional, 1768.
(London, 1842) of Arrowsmith and also the emigrant
guide of William Kennedy, "Texas...the
Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of
Texas" (London, 1841). The map, one of the first
to show Texas' claim to the upper Rio Grande
area, is noted for an accurate depiction of the
boundaries and river systems, various land grants,
and an inset showing the relationship of Texas to
Mexico and the western territories. This popular
map lent credibility to the Republic's claims of
nationhood by noting the recognition of the new
Republic by Great Britain in 1840.
1844 (Fig. 12, pp. 26-27) Emory, William H.
Map of Texas and the Countries Adjacent.
Washington, D.C.: War Dept., 1844.
This map accompanied the annexation
treaty negotiated between the U.S. and Texas
in 1844 and was part of the accompanying documentation
sent to the Senate when the treaty
was considered. Emory, an Army officer, based
the map on information available from the
Corps of Topographical Engineers. He listed
the authors and their maps thus documenting
the cartographic history of Texas at the time.
The map depicted the full extent of the land
as claimed by the Republic of Texas in 1836.
Emory accurately laid down the rivers and
coastline and included a number of towns in
East Texas. He also showed the routes of a number
of explorers; this map is considered the best
one of the region at the time of annexation.
1853 (Fig. 10, p. 22) Texas. New York: J. H.
Joseph H. Colton, a major American map
publishing firm, catered to the growing eastern
interest in western markets for goods and services,
and western travelers and immigrants.
Colton, like other commercial map makers, utilized
government agencies such as the United
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