Carte générale des États-Unis, du Haut et Bas-Canada, de la Nouvle. Ecosse, du Nouvau. Brunswick, de Terre Neuve &a.


Cartographer(s): Adrien-Hubert Brué
Date: 1832
Place: Paris
Dimensions: 51 x 36 cm (20 x 14 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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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.


Adrien-Hubert Brué

Adrien Hubert Brué (1786-1832) was a French cartographer active in the 18th and 19th centuries. He was born in Paris on March 20, 1786, and died of cholera on July 16, 1832, in Sceaux.

From the age of twelve, Brué served as a cabin boy on board ships. In this capacity, he joined the Baudin expedition (1800-1804) to the South Seas and New Holland, aged only fourteen. As a cartographer, he produced both atlases and dedicated maps, many of which were acknowledged for their accuracy and high-quality copper engraving, which Brué himself did. His most well-known work was a Universal Atlas published in 1820, which initially included 36 maps, but gradually was expanded both by himself and Charles Picquet.

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