Vintage State Map of Michigan

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We have 30+ years of cartography experience, meticulously craft each order by hand to ensure excellence, and 100% guarantee your satisfaction. We produce maps that are built to last, with state of the art production and archival quality materials.

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Customize with quotes, legends, or dedications using "Personalize Map" options to craft your masterpiece map. Or reach out to us if you don't see the option you want.

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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.

Expert Craftsmanship

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 State Map of Michigan

About the Map: Explore the geographic history of the state of Michigan 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 Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids 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!

Production and Shipping Times: The amount of time it takes for your map to arrive depends on where you live and how fast you approve the proof if you’ve ordered a custom map. See Production & Shipping.

Quality and Guarantee: We stand behind our work and guarantee the construction and quality. Contact us if you have any problems with your map and we will coordinate to ensure you are very happy with your purchase.

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 significant and transformative period in the history of Michigan, marked by economic growth, political changes, and the state's role in the national debates over issues such as slavery and industrialization.

Economically, the 1850s were a time of diversification and expansion for Michigan. The state's economy was closely tied to its abundant natural resources. Logging, fishing, and mining industries thrived, particularly in regions like the Upper Peninsula. Additionally, Michigan's fertile land supported agriculture, with wheat, corn, and dairy farming as major contributors. The state's strategic location along the Great Lakes made it a hub for transportation, trade, and commerce.

The issue of slavery, although Michigan was a free state, still had implications for the state's history during the 1850s. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 heightened tensions and inspired opposition to the institution of slavery. Michigan's strong abolitionist sentiment was reflected in its support for the Underground Railroad, which aided enslaved individuals in escaping to freedom.

Political changes and debates also shaped Michigan's history during the 1850s. The state's involvement in the newly emerging Republican Party, which opposed the expansion of slavery into new territories, reflected its alignment with broader national sentiments. The party's rise showcased Michigan's role in the discussions over sectionalism and the future of the nation.

Cultural and social developments were also prominent during the 1850s. Education was a priority for the state, with institutions like the University of Michigan contributing to the state's intellectual growth. The temperance movement gained momentum, reflecting the broader changes and values of the era.

As the 1850s came to a close, Michigan was positioned to play a significant role in the national context. The election of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th President of the United States in 1860 set the stage for the secession crisis and the outbreak of the Civil War. Michigan's alignment with the Republican Party's antislavery stance and its contributions to the Union war effort, both in terms of soldiers and resources, highlighted its role in shaping the nation's history.

In conclusion, the 1850s were a transformative period for Michigan, characterized by economic growth, political changes, and the state's alignment with antislavery principles. Michigan's contributions to education, its involvement in the national political landscape, and its role in the Civil War effort showcased its evolving identity and influence within the broader narrative of American history.

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Love Michigan!

Nice materials and came quickly. Heavy duty frame that is real solid wood. Very impressive.

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