Cartography of the United States

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1681 map of South America
Antebellum map of the United States, published by Sidney E. Morse in An atlas of the United States (1823), showing the recent acquisition of Missouri and Louisiana, and the remnant of the Northwest Territory after the establishment of Ohio, Indiana and Missouri
Mitchell's 1867 map of the United States

Maps of the New World had been produced since the 19th century. The history of cartography of the United States begins in the 18th century, after the declared independence of the thirteen original colonies on July 4, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Later, Samuel Augustus Mitchell published a map of the United States in 1867. The National Program for Topographic Mapping was initiated in 2001 by the United States Geological Survey.

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  • S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2017
  • Susan Schulten, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2012

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