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[Western U.S.] Mitchell, No. 15 Map of Oregon and upper California. Philadelphia, 1846. 10 x 8. Original hand color. Lightly age-toned, else VG. This little map is filled with information naming Indian tribes, trails such as the "Oregon Route," peaks in the Cascade Range, rivers and more. The geography is largely from Fremont's 1845 map. The "Great Interior Basin of California" is seen. With an inset Map of the Columbia River. "Upper or New California goes west from the Rio Grande del Norte to the Pacific. Above it is a vast "Oregon" extending from the continental divide to the Pacific, and from the "Boundary of 1819, 42 " north to the "Boundary of 1824, 54 40'" illustrating James K. Polk's campaign slogan of "Fifty-four forty or fight" in which he claimed the entire Oregon Territory. However, in the Oregon Treaty of 1846 Polk settled on a border with Canada of 49 north. Thus examples of this map with the more northerly border are scarce. Wheat, TM #518. Sold

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