Antique Nature Prints is pleased to offer a fine map reproduction, printed from the original John Melish map of The United States of North America from the Antique Nature Prints private collection.
This Melish map was published in the 1829 work, The Jackson Wreath or National Souvenir, which honored Andrew Jackson, President-elect of the United States and hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
Audubon dined with President Jackson at the White House during November in the final year of Jackson's second term. In response to Audubon's request, President Jackson rendered him a great service in his quest to publish the vast work, The Birds of America, by authorizing Audubon's " travel on U.S. Revenue Cutters anywhere between Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of the Sabine River at the Louisiana-Texas border, as well as on U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf". Rhodes, John James Audubon, p. 396.
Audubon's America is an enlarged, highly detailed facsimile of this early Melish map. It clearly shows the America that Audubon traversed by foot, horseback, riverboat and steamer in his search for America's birds. One can easily trace Audubon's travels, as the early roads, towns, forts, river ports, Indian territories and villages are identified.
Texas is still part of Mexico, the Oregon Territory with the famous Missouri River Mandan village, painted by George Catlin, is clearly shown. On his final trip west, Audubon retraced Catlin's travels up the Missouri to gather material for his important publication, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.
Melish identified many Indian towns and territories on this map, including : Cherokees, Upper Creeks, Lower Creeks, Choctaws, Seminole Indians, Osage, Delawares, Shawnee Town, Six Nations, Shawnees, Sioux, Fox, Pawnee, Kanses, Sac, Chippeways, and Blackfoot.
Audubon's America measures 23" x 26" and is printed on thick, high quality, long lasting matte paper with Epson ultrachrome pigment inks.