Vintage Kentucky and Tennessee Map


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Restored 1850's Map

This map is a faithful reproduction of the original 1850 map restored to its former glory using the latest digital imaging technology.

Fine Art Quality

Impressively produced with Archival Inks, Rich Color Depth, and clear and vivid labels. We use premium matte paper.

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We prepare the map using Fine Art Giclee production techniques. We roll the map in a sturdy tube for shipping to provide a crease-less piece of art.  

Vintage Kentucky and Tennessee Map

About the Map: Explore the geographic history of the state of Kentucky and Tennessee in this historic map. This map is part of our vintage USA State Map Collection showing the geography of the states in the 1850-1860s and the time of the Civil War.

Restoration: The map is a reproduction of the original map meticulously restored to its former glory using the latest digital imaging technology. Using this technology, we carefully restored the colors, torn edges, creases, smeared writings and more. We enhanced features while keeping the original character and design of the map.

This map is unframed, sold as an art print. Frames are shown for illustration ONLY.

Geographic Details: This historic map shows many details of towns, roads, railroads, and waterways in the 19th century of the United States.

Shows historic cities such as Louisville, Lexington, Nashville and more!

Explore the historic boundaries of the cities, counties, and states that have changed over the years. Discover physical changes in the geography - such as former lakes and canals used for transportation and agriculture.

Available Sizes: For an impressive display and maximum readability, choose the largest size available.  

Smaller size prints make excellent wall art in groups. Please note that there is no guarantee that small text will be legible in print.

Great Gift For: Interior Designers, Teachers, History Buffs, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Friends, Family, and many more!

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Materials and Production: This reproduction is printed on Fine Art Museum Quality Paper with giclée inks. The thick paper is archival quality and acid-free with vivid color definition.

Paper details:

  • 10 mil thick
  • 230 gsm weight
  • Museum Quality Matte finish

Made in the USA by a USA Small Business and Professional Geographer & Cartographer.

Shipped in a tube and rolled to eliminate creases.

History of the Time

The 1850s were a pivotal decade in the histories of both Kentucky and Tennessee, marked by economic changes, political debates, and the escalating tensions that would eventually lead to their involvement in the American Civil War.

In Kentucky, the 1850s brought economic diversification and political complexities. The state's economy remained largely agrarian, with tobacco and hemp as major cash crops. However, there was also a growing industrial sector, particularly in cities like Louisville. The expansion of railroads facilitated transportation and trade, connecting Kentucky's agricultural products to national markets.

The issue of slavery loomed large in Kentucky's history during the 1850s. The state's proximity to the South led to divided sentiments over slavery, with some areas advocating for its continuation and others supporting gradual emancipation. The passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 heightened the tensions between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions, reflecting the broader debates over slavery in the nation.

Political debates in Kentucky centered around the issue of slavery and the sectional tensions gripping the nation. The state's position as a border state placed it at a crossroads, with some residents supporting the preservation of the Union and others advocating for states' rights. As the Republican Party emerged and gained influence, Kentucky's alignment with the party's antislavery stance and its commitment to preserving the Union highlighted its internal divisions.

Tennessee, like Kentucky, faced significant political and economic challenges during the 1850s. The state's economy was based on agriculture, with cotton being a dominant crop. The expansion of railroads and river transportation bolstered trade and commerce, particularly in cities like Memphis and Nashville.

The issue of slavery played a critical role in shaping Tennessee's history during this decade. While the majority of the state's residents were pro-Union, the institution of slavery still had deep roots in many areas. The debates over slavery's expansion, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the future of the nation intensified Tennessee's internal conflicts and aligned it with the broader national divisions.

As the 1850s progressed, the political landscape in Tennessee shifted. The Democratic Party, once dominant, saw its unity fracture along sectional lines due to the debates over slavery. The emergence of the Republican Party and its antislavery stance resonated with many Tennesseans who were disillusioned with the Democratic Party's divisions.

Both Kentucky and Tennessee faced significant crossroads as the decade came to a close. The election of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th President of the United States in 1860 set the stage for the secession of southern states, including South Carolina. Both Kentucky and Tennessee initially attempted to maintain their positions within the Union, but as the secession crisis deepened and the Civil War began in 1861, both states became divided and ultimately joined the Confederacy.

In conclusion, the 1850s were a transformative period for both Kentucky and Tennessee, characterized by economic development, political divisions, and the escalating debates over slavery and secession. The states' roles as border states situated between the North and the South shaped their trajectories as they grappled with the complex issues of the era. The decisions made during this decade would ultimately set the stage for their involvement in the momentous events of the Civil War.