Old Political Map of the USA, 1856 - American Civil War Free vs. Slate States, North vs. South - Missouri Compromise
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The Civil War, of course, would begin just 5 years after this map was published.
As is quite clear from the top of the map, the full title of this map is: "Reynolds's Political Map of the United States Designed to Exhibit the Comparative Area of the Free and Slave States and the Territory open to Slavery or Freedom by the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise with a Comparison of the Principal Statistics of the Free and Slave States, from the Census of 1850"
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x12 inches (31x31cm), 16x16in (40x40cm) and 24x24 inches (61x61cm), but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 55 inches (140cm) square. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options. At 10x10 inches the smallest labels are definitely quite hard to reach (but the larger words are fine).
The model in the listing images is holding the 16x16in (40x40cm) version of this map.
Please note the unframed 24x24 inch map has white edges around the map. These edges can help you with framing, or if you don’t need them they are very easy to snip off with scissors. All other maps, including the framed maps, look exactly like the listing images.
This map is quite intentionally designed to elicit strong emotions in the viewer, showcasing the dramatic divide between the north and south, and the free and the slave states of the US. The purpose of the map was to highlight the risk of repealing the Missouri Compromise, which would've allowed the new Western states to adopt slavery, and was indeed one of the main causes of the Civil War.
At the bottom of the map there are some interesting statistics for how the free and slave states measured up in the 1850 census.
Take a look at the detailed images and marvel at the wealth of detail on this map. It's truly fascinating.
This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from the USA, or who is interested in the history of slavery
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.