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Exhibit Theme

Mapping Western Territories

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Map of an Exploring Expedition to...
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Map of an Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains . . . and to Oregon and North California . . . , hand-colored map by Brevet Capt. J.C. Frémont, 1845

John C. Frémont led five scientific expeditions into the West between 1842 and 1854; three of them were for the Army Corps of Engineers. This map, based on two expeditions, accompanied a report to the U.S. Senate. It accurately depicted large areas of the West, including locations of American Indian nations, but left blank the places unexplored by Frémont’s expeditions.

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress