- Get Involved
MELISH MAP. John Melish (1771–1822), a Scottish merchant, traveler, author, and cartographer, drew a map of the United States to accompany his book A Geographical Description of the World, Intended as an Accompaniment to the Map of the World on Mercator's Projection (1818). The map is significant to Texas history because the 100th meridian, as shown on the map, was specified in the Adams-Onís Treaty as part of the boundary between the United States and New Spain. The map continued to be recognized as the final authority on the Texas boundary during the period of the republic, and, although errors were found in the location of the meridian on the map, the map was recognized as a boundary authority until after the Compromise of 1850.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Philip Coolidge Brooks, Diplomacy and the Borderland: The Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1939). Thomas Maitland Marshall, A History of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Purchase, 1819–1841 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1914; rpt., New York: Da Capo Press, 1970).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Francis Caldwell, "MELISH MAP," accessed July 21, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/uwm01.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.