Vintage State of South Carolina Map


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Vintage State of South Carolina Map

About the Map:  Explore the geographic history of the state of South Carolina 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 Charleston, Columbia, Lexington 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!

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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 tumultuous and pivotal period in the history of South Carolina, marked by political tensions, debates over slavery, and its significant role in shaping the events that would lead to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Economically, the 1850s saw South Carolina's economy heavily dependent on agriculture, particularly cotton cultivation. Enslaved labor was integral to the success of the cotton industry, shaping the social and economic fabric of the state. While agriculture remained dominant, the state faced economic challenges, including the depletion of soil fertility and competition from other cotton-producing regions.

The issue of slavery was at the forefront of South Carolina's history during the 1850s. The state's commitment to maintaining the institution of slavery was deeply ingrained, and debates over its expansion intensified. The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act of the same year heightened tensions, as South Carolina sought to protect its interests and maintain control over enslaved individuals.

Politically, the 1850s were marked by South Carolina's firm stance on states' rights and its advocacy for nullification and secession. The state's alignment with the Democratic Party, which championed states' rights and the institution of slavery, reflected its political values. As debates over the extension of slavery into new territories escalated, South Carolina's commitment to protecting its way of life became increasingly pronounced.

Cultural and social developments were also notable during the 1850s. Education was a priority for the state, with institutions like the College of Charleston contributing to intellectual growth. South Carolina's population was deeply divided over the issue of slavery, with some advocating for its expansion and others expressing concerns about its moral and ethical implications.

As the 1850s came to a close, South Carolina found itself at the forefront of significant events that would shape the nation's future. The election of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th President of the United States in 1860 set off a chain of events that would lead to the secession of southern states and the outbreak of the Civil War. South Carolina's position as a staunch defender of states' rights and the institution of slavery made it a key player in the secession movement.

In conclusion, the 1850s were a transformative and tumultuous period for South Carolina, characterized by political tensions, debates over slavery, and its pivotal role in the events that led to the Civil War. The state's commitment to states' rights, its reliance on enslaved labor, and its contributions to the secession movement highlighted its evolving identity and influence within the broader narrative of American history.