Created by
Nicollet, J. N., French, 1786 - 1843
Owned by
Hoyt, David, American, 1821 - 1856
Date
1843
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 19 x 32 in. (48.3 x 81.3 cm)
Caption
This bloodstained map depicting the Mississippi River Basin was owned by David Starr Hoyt, an abolitionist murdered by pro-slavery forces near Lawrence, Kansas, in August 1856.
Description
A bloodstained 1843 map of the Mississippi River Basin found in the pocket of abolitionist David Hoyt, who was murdered by pro-slavery forces near Lawrence, Kansas in August of 1856. The map is printed in black ink on off-white paper and consists of only the lower half of the full published map, which extends to Lake Superior. At lower left is the map's title and publication information. The map depicts the states of Illinois and Missouri, Iowa Territory, and the lands of several indigenous tribes labeled as "Kikapoo Indian Country," "Iowa Indian Country," "Sac and Fox Indian Country," and so on. The map has been folded vertically and horizontally several times and there are two large bloodstains on either side of the center vertical fold, with smaller blood stains throughout.
Place used
Douglas County, Kansas, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Movement
Anti-slavery movements
Type
maps
Topic
American West
Antislavery
Slavery
U.S. History, 1815-1861
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.23.1
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd54f78e8b1-7c66-46c1-bed1-4b6b83bac88b
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