London: Cadell & Davies; Longman & Rees, 1802.
Map. Original uncolored engraving. Image measures 8 1/4" x 10". Sheet measures 9" x 11 1/2"
This elegant 1802 map of North America extends from the lower United States to Panama, showing Spanish colonial holdings at the turn of the 19th century. Mexico and Central America is labeled in great detail, showing cities, isles, bodies of water, mountain ranges and coastal features. The United States is labeled in lesser detail, but with notable details including the missions of California, Native American territories and place names, and the mythical city of Quivira. The Louisiana area also appears as distinct from the US colonies, with French settlements indicated, as the map was published one year prior to the Louisiana Purchase. The map is in fair condition, with stains throughout and smudges to margin.
Aaron Arrowsmith (1750- 1823) was from a family of London based cartographers and publishers. Trained under John Cary and William Faden, he was given the title of "Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales" in 1810 and "Hydrographer to the King" in 1820. His sons took over the family business and eventually by his nephew John Arrowsmith who was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society.