M-9689: (Image: 13 x 19’’’) “CONFEDERAZIONE MESSICANA…1835” Venice: Girolamo Tasso, c. 1835. Engraved map with original hand-coloring.
This very unusual & scarce map is the Italian issue of Le Sage’s map showing the settled areas of Mexico based on the work of Humboldt and Buchon. Texas is named in the region of “Potosi”. Topographical features are well noted and many towns, Indian villages, missions, islands, mountains and water routes are identified. Annotations throughout the map provide dates and details of early explorers and Missionaries. The text surrounding the map provides a history of California from Cortez to the early 19th century, and a history of Mexico from di Nizza to 1833. Population and other useful tables are included.
Published one year prior to the official declaration of the Republic of Texas - On December 10, 1835, the General Council of the Provisional Government issued a call for an election on February 1, 1836, to choose forty-four delegates to assemble March 1 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2, 1836 the delegates unanimously adopted Childress's suggestion for independence. Ultimately fifty-eight members signed the document. Thus was born the Republic of Texas.