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Fremont, John Charles. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California, in Illustration of His Map of Oregon and California

Fremont, John Charles. [at head of title] 30th Congress, 1st Session. Senate. Miscellaneous. / No. 148. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California, in Illustration of His Map of Oregon and California, by John Charles Fremont: Addressed to the Senate of the United States. Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers. 1848. Collation: [1]title, [2]3-44 text, 45-67 appendix, [68] blank, fold. map. 8 3/4 x 5 in. Text leaves show moderate foxing. Map: folding. Map of / Oregon and Upper California / From the Surveys of / John Charles Fremont / And other Authorities / [rule] / Drawn by Charles Preuss / Under the Order of the / Senate of the United States / Washington City 1848. / [rule] / Lith by E. Weber & Co. Balto. 32 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. The folding map is in excellent condition. References: Cowan II, p.223; Graff 1429; Howell 50:89; Howes F-366; Kurutz 256; Wagner-Camp-Becker 150:1; Wheat, Books 58; Wheat, Transmississippi West 3: map 559, p.56, note 7.

The famed explorer wrote the text to support his monumental "Map of Oregon and Upper California." Its timing could not have been better as its publication coincided with the gold stampede. Consequently, it found its way into many Gold Rush publications. Fremont's narrative and the map drawn by Charles Preuss provided gold seekers with a reliable verbal and cartographical summary of the terrain they were about to encounter both on the overland journey and once they arrived at the gold fields. As Ferol Egan in his highly regarded Fremont: Explorer for a Restless Nation, explained, "The Geographical Memoir was extremely valuable. Here, for the first time, was a clear picture of the nature of the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada, and the Pacific Coastal Range." Moreover, the "Pathfinder's map, designated for the first time the entrance to San Francisco Bay as Chrysopylae or, as translated, the "Golden Gate". Fremont gave it this memorable name in the spring of 1846 as it reminded him of the harbor of Constantinople and he predicted the riches of the Orient would flow through the Golden Gate. Impressed by what he saw during his travels from Lassen's Peak to the junction of the Gila and Colorado Rivers, he enthusiastically concluded that "Geographically, the position of this California is one of the best in world." He submitted his text to the Senate with the date of June 1848.

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