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Unit 3. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America

Die Vereinigten map 1831
Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America, 1831.
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This map, printed in Weimar Germany in 1831 was drawn by C. F. Weiland. It measures 21 1/8 by 27 inches. Source: SHSND 973.1831 W429.

Weiland’s map was published in both German and English. It depends heavily on data gathered from the Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark. This map was used by Prince Maximilian zu Wied and his artist Karl Bodmer on their journey to Fort Clark and Fort Union in 1833.

This map appears to present more accurately the locations of rivers, lakes, and other features of the region that is today North Dakota which was Maximilian’s destination. The Red, the Missouri, the James (Jacques) rivers appear in the proper location. The Sheyenne (Shienne) and several other tributaries of the Red River appear for the first time among the maps in this collection. Teufels See is also named Devils See or lake.

Map Activity: Research Maximilian zu Wied and Karl Bodmer. Why did they travel to the northern plains? What did they contribute to our knowledge of the early history of North Dakota?