Produced and published by prolific and prominent early American cartographer John Melish, this depiction of Alabama in the early nineteenth century bears a remarkable aesthetic and distinctive style. Scottish born, Melish produced the first map of the United States to extend to the Pacific Ocean in 1816. Melish was based in Philadelphia and is considered one of the most influential cartographers of the early nineteenth century. His map of the United States from coast to coast was influential in the theory of Manifest Destiny.
This map was published the same year that Alabama achieved statehood and immediately transports the viewer back in time. The region was mostly agrarian and would remain so for most of its history. Due to a shortage of federal funding, many state banks were established, issuing bonds and selling public lands to secure financing and capital. While farming was the primary economic driver, Birmingham would eventually become known for its steel production.
The region had been settled by the Spanish since the 1500s, and Mobile was the original capital of Louisiana before the state was admitted to the Union. These southern ports were critical for the development of the early nineteenth century and would prove vital for the Union’s defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Melish’s depiction of Alabama shows the state in a time of growth and transformation. One of the cultural centers of the American South, Alabama, is shown here as it transforms into one of the major agricultural producers in America.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.
- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1819 Alabama State Map. Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1819 Alabama Wall Map. This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This 18 x 24 Inch print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
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