Carte générale des États-Unis, du Haut et Bas-Canada, de la Nouvle. Ecosse, du Nouvau. Brunswick, de Terre Neuve &a.
1832 Brué map of the United States prior to decades of dramatic westward expansion.
This topographical map of the United States, as it appeared in 1832, was produced and published by the Parisian engraver and mapmaker Adrien Hubert Brué (1786-1832). It depicts the entire eastern seaboard, although the Florida Peninsula and the island of Newfoundland have been added as insets in the lower right corner of the map. The map was produced at a scale of 1:7000000 and measures 20 by 14 inches.
Brué represents all of the states and territories in existence in 1832, but even so, the western frontier still extends as far east as the borders of Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi. Missouri, itself only established as a state in 1821, has been delineated alongside the Arkansas Territory, even though this would not achieve statehood until four years later.
In the lower-left corner of the map, we see the beginning of Upper Mexico, a territory that, within a few decades, would be subsumed by the United States. Texas, still part of Mexico, is labeled. So are various Indian territories. In the north, we find the French labels for Upper and Lower Canada, but the vast northern wilderness still is labeled Hudsonie, referring to the powerful Hudson Bay Company.