Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains
Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains

Old Map of New Mexico Territory, USA, 1873 - Land Grants, Rio Grande, Native Americans, Sante Fe, Rocky Mountains

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This is an exceptionally rare, attractive an interesting map of New Mexico, published in 1873 when it was still a territory and not yet a state. (Fun fact: New Mexico was a territory for 62 years, the longest-running of any in the US.)

Published in London by Whiteman, Hicks & Whiteman, this map appears to have been created to help convince British investors to invest in land grants - and then reap the profits from the raw materials that could be harvested there.

Santa Fe can be seen on this map, as can a number of proposed railroads. By 1873, many of the US's largest railroads wee being constructed, connecting the east with all the territories, cities and settlements sprawling out to the west.

The Rio Grande, of course, runs right down the middle of the map. The Rocky Mountains, and other mountains and rivers are also shown.

The map has been coloured in to show military reservations (pink), Indian land grants (blue) and privately owned land grands (yellow/brown).

All in all, a very attractive map of New Mexico - and it's quite unusual to find an old map of New Mexico without Arizona next door.

This map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm), to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 24x30 inches (60x76cm). But it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 85 inches (210cm) tall. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, work leaving, housewarming, Christmas or Father's Day gift for someone from New Mexico, or perhaps someone interested in the history

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