Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River

Bloodstained map from Bleeding Kansas-era

Image for Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River
Created by
Nicollet, J. N., French, 1786 - 1843
Owned by
Hoyt, David, American, 1821 - 1856
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 19 x 32 in. (48.3 x 81.3 cm)
Type
maps
Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Place used
Douglas County, Kansas, United States, North and Central America
Date
1843
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 map, black ink on white paper, depicting the Mississippi River Basin, an area that includes contemporary Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. The map was reportedly owned by David Hoyt, an abolitionist who died supporting the cause.
Topic
American West
Antislavery
Slavery
United States--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

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