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  • Title: Tennessee & Kentucky
  • Author: Thomas Bradford
  • Date: c. 1835
  • Medium: Hand-colored engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, foxing
  • Inches: 11 3/8 x 9 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 28.89 x 22.86 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 318072

Map of Tennessee and Kentucky showing the region's railroads and canals. Includes parts of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina. Map labels part of the original homeland of the Cherokee Nation prior to the Indian Removal Act signed by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. Between 1836 and 1839, the Cherokee underwent a series of forced displacements into Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. Longitude from the Washington and London Meridians.

Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1802-1887) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant editor for the America Encyclopedia. Bradford's first major cartographic work was his revision and subsequent republication of an important French geography by Adrian Balbi, published in America as Atlas Designed to Illustrate the Abridgement of Universal Geography, Modern & Ancient.

Among other things, Bradford focused his atlas on the Americas and abandoned the classical decoration common in European atlases in favor of a more informational and inherently American approach. Afterwards, Bradford revised and expanded this work into his own important contribution to American cartography, the 1838 An Illustrated Atlas Geographical, Statistical and Historical of the United States and Adjacent Countries.