Vintage State of Nebraska & Kansas Map


Vintage State of Nebraska & Kansas Map

About the Map: Explore the geographic history of the state of Nebraska & Kansas 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 Omaha, Lincoln, Wichita 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 Designs, 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 pivotal and tumultuous period in the history of Nebraska and Kansas, marked by political turmoil, territorial expansion, and the deep-seated conflicts over the issue of slavery.

Nebraska and Kansas were both territories in the process of organizing and seeking statehood during this decade. The 1850s witnessed the intense debates over whether these territories would allow slavery, which ultimately led to a series of events known as "Bleeding Kansas."

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was a significant turning point in the region's history. Proposed by Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the act aimed to organize the Nebraska Territory and the Kansas Territory and allowed for popular sovereignty, meaning that the residents of these territories could decide whether to allow slavery through a popular vote. This repeal of the Missouri Compromise's restrictions on slavery's expansion into these territories ignited fierce controversy and reignited sectional tensions.

The events that unfolded in Kansas, particularly, came to be known as "Bleeding Kansas." Settlers from both the North and the South rushed to the territory in hopes of influencing the popular vote on slavery. The disputes escalated into violent clashes between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers, leading to a period of lawlessness and chaos. The violence included incidents like the Pottawatomie massacre carried out by abolitionist John Brown.

The decade also saw the establishment of important institutions and infrastructures in both territories. Towns and communities began to form, with economic activities such as agriculture and trading gaining momentum. The construction of railways and roads facilitated transportation and contributed to the region's development.

The political climate in Nebraska and Kansas during the 1850s was defined by the intense debates over slavery and its expansion. The turmoil and violence in "Bleeding Kansas" had far-reaching consequences, as the events underscored the deep divisions between the North and the South. These conflicts also had an impact on the broader national political landscape, ultimately contributing to the rise of the Republican Party and the intensification of sectional tensions that would culminate in the Civil War.

As the 1850s came to a close, both Nebraska and Kansas were poised for significant changes. In 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state, while Nebraska followed suit in 1867. The tumultuous events of the 1850s left an indelible mark on the region's history, shaping its identity and influencing its role in the unfolding national narrative.

In conclusion, the 1850s were a transformative and tumultuous period in the history of Nebraska and Kansas, marked by the intense conflicts over slavery and their implications for the nation's future. The events of "Bleeding Kansas," the establishment of institutions, and the territories' paths to statehood all highlighted their roles in shaping the broader narrative of American history during this pivotal decade.