Kansas & Nebraska 1856

This map by Morse and Gaston shows the hotly contested Midwestern territories of Kansas and Nebraska in 1856. By the Kansas-Nebraska Act the unorganized western territory of the Great Plains was divided into two huge new territories called Kansas and Nebraska. By repealing the Missouri Compromise, the Act opened up these new territories to warring factions of pro- and anti-slavery settlers. And it did something else harmful as well—it took lands from Indian peoples which had been guaranteed to them by treaty.

Date:
1856
Original Format:
Map
Item#:
47.019
Height:
2358px
Width:
2323px
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