Rare "Norman's Plan of New Orleans & Environs"
hand-colored lithograph map by Henry Moellhausen, published by B. M. Norman, New Orleans, 1845.
sheet 18-1/2" x 25-1/2"
Provenance: Private collection of Hugo Wedemeyer, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Notes: This rare map is unparalleled in the scope of its detail that illustrates significant social mores through historical boundaries. In 1836, the city charter was repealed and redrawn around Anglo and French Creole communities due to mounting ethnic tensions. The boundaries of these three new municipalities (with their own council, police force and taxes) that lasted until 1852 are clearly delineated on the map in pink/green, green/pink and orange/yellow lines with corresponding street plans and block numbers. Intersecting these municipalities are the transportation lines - railways, canals and ferries, and footprints of dozens of other major edifices, many of which are identified on the legend at the base that contains an impressive listing of public buildings, banks, churches, theaters and businesses.