STEEN, ENOCH. '[MAP OF THE 1835 ROUTE OF MARCH OF THE DRAGOONS UNDER THE COMMAND OF COL. HENRY DODGE FROM FORT LEAVENWORTH TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND BACK.]' [WASHINGTON, D.C.: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1836]
1,000 - 1,500 USD
- '[Map of the 1835 Route of March of the Dragoons under the Command of Col. Henry Dodge from Fort Leavenworth to the Rocky Mountains and back.]' [Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1836]
- paper, ink
Engraved map of the Western Territory (22 5/8 x 35 3/8 in.; 575 x 897 mm). Partially handcolored in outline; some light marginal foxing, show-through of stamp on verso (see provenance below). Handsomely framed with UVIII Plexiglass.
Library of Congress (ink stamp on verso, "Library of Congress Surplus Duplicate")
Wheat, 'Transmississippi' 421; cf. Graff 2335, Wagner-Camp-Becker 63
Steen's map, which features the route of the 1645-mile march of Dodge's Dragoons, was drawn primarily to show the location of Indian peoples and identifies the lands of some eighteen tribes, including Omahas, Potawatamies, Otoes, Kickapoos, Osages, Creeks, Kioway, Camanche, and Gros Ventres. John L. Allen termed Steen's untitled map one of three most important of the 1830s, "a watershed in the cartography of the plains" ("Patterns Of Promise: Mapping The Plains And Prairies, 1800–1860," in 'Great Plains Quarterly,' 4 [Winter 1984]: 5–28). This is one of two maps issued with Gaines P. Kingsbury's 1836 government report, 'Journal of the Expedition of Dragoons under the Command of Col. Henry Dodge to the Rocky Mountains, during the summer of 1835.'