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1820 Franz Pluth Map of the Central United States

Louisiana. - Main View

1820 Franz Pluth Map of the Central United States


Labels Savannah, Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans.



  1820 (undated)     8.5 x 6.75 in (21.59 x 17.145 cm)     1 : 13300000


This is a c. 1820 Franz Pluth map of the central United States. The map depicts the region from approximately the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains and the Carolinas and from southern Canada to the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico. Several states are labeled, including Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Four of the five Great Lakes are illustrated. Everything west of the Mississippi is simply labeled Louisiana, apart from New Mexico, in the southwestern corner of the map. The Mississippi River truly functions as a dividing line, as everything east of the Mississippi is illustrated in detail, with myriad rivers traversing the landscape and numerous towns and settlements labeled. Savannah, Augusta, Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans are labeled in the southeast, while Louisville, Lexington, and Chicago appear farther north. West of the Mississippi, tributaries of the Mississippi are illustrated and labeled, along with Native American villages, indicated by small triangles.

This map was produced by Franz Pluth and published c. 1820.


Franz Pluth (1800 - 1871) was an engraver based in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Habsburg Austrian Empire. Pluth was born in Prague and most likely died in Zbraslav. He was active as a map engraver until at least 1848. His work is similar in style to that of Karl Ferdinand Weiland, a prolific German engraver, with whom he may have worked. Learn More...


Linder, F. L., Neueste Länder - und Völkerkunde, ein geographisches Lesebuch für alle Stände. , (Prague) 1820. Linder's book is typically dated 1820, but contains maps dated between 1816 and 1825.    


Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Blank on verso.