Evolution of a District, as shown through maps in the Library of Virginia Collections
Originally published in "A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geological American Atlas", this map provides a great amount of detail about the District of Columbia in the early part of the 19th century. It includes information concerning the boundaries, climate, population and a historical sketch of the District of Columbia.
Two days after the Colton firm issued Arnold's map for sale, War Department officials began confiscating any copies they could find, including those purchased for sale. Federal officials entered private residences to seize copies in their efforts to eradicate any vestige of the map, even traveling to New York City to destroy the lithograph stones.
Research, text and arrangement by Cassandra Britt Farrell and Mary Kate du Laney with assistance from Audrey McElhinney and Sonya Coleman.
Imaging by Mark Fagerburg and Paige Buchbinder, Photo & Digital Imaging Services department.
All images from Map Collection,
Manuscripts & Special Collections, Library of Virginia