Over 60+ striking maps of 39 Illinois cities compiled on this historic CD provide a fabulous peek at the economic and political climate of the state in the 1860s and 1870s.
The first people to arrive in the area that is now Illinois were delighted with what someone dubbed "a settler's paradise". They were thrilled with the fertile soil, sweeping prairies, forests, and abundant fresh water. An easy to navigate network of rivers, easy low-land portages, and the accessibility of Lake Michigan combined to make the future state of Illinois easy to explore.
A lot of credit for laying the foundations of Illinois goes to Robert Cavelier, who along with Henri de Tonti, an Italian, erected Fort Crevecoeur and later Fort St. Louis. Missionaries and fur traders too played a significant role in the establishing the territory.
By 1717, Illinois was placed under the French government of Louisiana. By 1763, France had ceded all territories under their control to the British. From 1778-82 the present state of Illinois was a territory of Virginia and known as the county of Illinois. The American Revolution and the Treaty of Paris in 1783 extended the American boundary to the Mississippi, thus making the present Illinois part of the United States.
The establishment of the Northwest Territory in 1787 included Illinois land, but the area became part of the Indiana Territory in 1800. Nine years later the Illinois Territory was established, followed by statehood in 1818. Illinois has been the home of immigrants from many countries. Settlement patterns within the state frequently varied by nationality. The mixed population comprised of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, England, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and France.
The maps on this CD offer a fabulous peek at what the state looked like in the 1860s and thereafter.
The state of Illinois made rapid strides in modernization and industrialization after it gained statehood in 1818. Well-planned cities dotted the fertile lands that were made accessible by navigable waterways and travel-friendly terrain. By the 1860s, Illinois had become a populous state. Cities such as Chicago were well on their way to becoming leading American cities.
The 64 grid and aerial-view maps included in this CD portray the state of modernization and industrial advancements Illinois had gained by this time. Meticulously handcrafted maps of 39 Illinois cities acquaint you with the states futuristic vision. Especially riveting are the several perspectives offered on Chicago. Some of the other cities featured here are Alton, Aurora, Belleville, Bloomington, Cairo, Champaign, Clinton, Loda, Princeton, Rock Island and Sandwich.
Each map is a work of outstanding craftsmanship and is characterized by unbelievable detail.
The contents of this CD encompass a critical period in the history of Illinois. By the 1860s, Illinois was well on its way to becoming a leading manufacturing hub in the country. The maps in this CD provide a great insight into the progressive mood of Illinois leading cities. Chicago - of which there are over ten brilliantly executed cartographic perspectives - was already a burgeoning metropolis at the time, and these drawings are a great record of the citys accomplishments.
One of the major reasons for Illinois progress was that it was served by numerous useful waterways. The accessibility of Lake Michigan played a key role as well. The numerous steamers shown plying down the Ohio and other rivers in these maps evidences these facts.
One bonus offered here is a splendid image of the "Worlds Columbian Expo" which was held in Chicago in 1893. Additionally, you can zoom in and out on each map, soaking in the intricate detail that cartographers have so carefully included in their invaluable creations. Whats more, these maps are extremely well preserved, despite the passage of nearly a century and a half. It is bound to grab the attention of historians and art buffs alike. City and town planners too would do well to examine the meticulousness exhibited by their predecessors.
"I am an amateur artist and have produced several reasonably good landscapes and still-life paintings. Needless to say, both these forms of paintings require an eye for detail, and I prided myself at having this unusual quality- till I viewed the contents of this CD. Boy how did they ever manage to finish these maps? It must have taken them ages to complete just one drawing. Each detail is clearly recorded by steady, experienced hands and nothing is left to imagination. I have learned quite a bit from CD - not only about drawing, but about the early history of Illinois too."
Customer's Name: Robin McHenry (Houston, Texas)
"I am from Chicago and was blown over by the splendid images of my city in this CD. This is a rare treat and I now know that I have many hours of fruitful and absorbing study ahead of me. "
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