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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 7, 2021

This map is titled "Louisiana." It was created by Samuel Lewis in 1804.
It is particularly interesting because it was made in the same year that the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, left from St. Louis. Also note the surprising perspective, and that it reaches up to Hudson's Bay.