Comparative Display of the World’s Major Rivers Circa 1817

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The rivers have been necessarily straightened to indicate the lengths of the rivers. The compass orientation of the flowing stream is indicated by small north-pointing arrows periodically drawn adjacent to the stream.

A textual description of the rivers accompanies the illustration; it describes the course of the Missouri River, “recently explored by the Americans” (Lewis and Clark), as being “extremely devious”.

Wide shot of the map.

Wide shot of the map.

Via David Rumsey Map Collection.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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