Colton's Map of Texas - 1866

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Texas in 1866

Something you may not know about old maps: they have pedigrees. Lineages if you will. 

When speaking of Texas maps from the time of colonization, through the republic era and early statehood, there are a number of lines.

First there is Stephen F. Austin’s line, based on his 1830 map and its later updates. Then there is the Charles Pressler line with its roots at the General Land Office. His beautiful 1858 map bore many offspring.

But the most fecund line is probably that born of Jacob De Cordova’s 1849 map, from which the map shown here was born.

It was produced in 1866 by J. H Colton, who was America’s premier map publisher for nearly six decades. Colton maps are known for their beautiful decorative elements, and this one is no exception. Have a look at that scrollwork border, the vignettes, and the title typography.

It’s one of those “filled-in” maps with details that can keep you busy looking over it for hours. Roads. Forts. Towns large and small. So much to see.

And it's big. This map has presence and will command admiring attention once it’s hanging on your wall.

36 by 24 inches are the precise measurements. That means it will fit in a standard size frame if you want to go that route.

Physical Details

  • 36 by 24 inches
  • A museum quality reproduction
  • Acid free fine-art paper
  • Fits in a standard size frame
This is a museum quality reproduction an historic map.

The paper is acid free, cold press cotton watercolor with an elegant ever so lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', reproducing the shading and tonality of the original map vividly, beautifully, and exactly.

The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your map in direct sun and it will be just as bright when they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships. 

It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!


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  • Ships in a sturdy tube.


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