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Fitch, John, 1743-1798



  • Existence: 1743-01-21 - 1798-06~


  • Males




Languages Used

  • English

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

A map of the north west parts of the United States of America, 1765

 Item — Closed Stacks, Drawer: 33
Identifier: 2020-IL-001-084

This rare and unique map was produced by inventor and amateur mapmaker John Fitch, in an attempt to raise funds to support his newly invented steamboat. Fitch made and engraved the map himself, and printed it in Philadelphia on a cider press. Unfortunately for Fitch, the map never sold well, and the geography displayed on the map was well out-of-date by the time the Old Northwest was settled after being released from British and Native American control.

Dates: 1765