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15. Frederick Adolphus Wislizenus. “Map of a Tour from Independence to Santa Fé, Chihuahua, Monterey and Matamoros” (New York: E. Weber & Co., 1848). Published in Memoir of a tour to northern Mexico, connected with Col. Doniphan’s expedition, in 1846 and 1847 (Sen. Mis. Doc. No. 26, 30th Cong., 1st sess.). Lithograph in black and white, as issued. 19 3/4 x 16" at neat line. Sheet size: 21 1/2 x 17 1/2". Very minor toning. Fine overall.

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In 1846, Army doctor F. A. Wislizenus undertook a scientific tour of Texas and northern Mexico at his own expense, departing St. Louis in the spring. He followed the Santa Fe Trail by the Cimarron route to Santa Fe, then traveled down the Rio Grande Valley to El Paso and Chihuahua. After being detained in Mexico for six months, he joined Doniphan’s expedition on its trip home. In 1848, the Senate published his Memoir of a journey to northern Mexico, which included the present map covering just what the title indicates. It includes many expeditions and routes across Texas in the nineteenth century, as well as the author’s route in detail and the mountains he could see on either side of his long trail. A fascinating document of mid-nineteenth-century Texas.

Ref.: Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. III, no. 572, p. 10.

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