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An Improved Edition of a Map of the Surveyed Part of the Territory of Michigan.

By John Farmer. Published in Detroit in 1836.

John Farmer built a successful map making and publishing company in Detroit.  His series of maps, published from 1824 to his death in 1859, show an extraordinary level of detail down to the square mile which made it easy for settlers to locate land parcels by their legal descriptions.

This 1836 edition was published one year before Michigan discarded the status of Territory to ascend the petoskey-bejeweled steps to statehood.  It is the last Farmer map to show Toledo north of the Michigan-Ohio line.

This map was a generous gift of Dr. Carl Liedholm.

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