The book begins with European efforts to comprehend their far-flung colonies. Also considered are maps by Lewis and Clark, of the California gold rush, the transcontinental railroad, and the Civil War, to mention only a few of the areas discussed in the book's eleven chapters, which chart the heart and history of the American migration west.
Author Biography: Paul Cohen, co-author of Manhattan in Maps, is past director of the New-York Historical Society library. He is currently a dealer in antique maps and rare books in New York.
David Rumsey is the preeminent collector of maps of the American West. His unpublished catalog is the most thorough and detailed resource available on the subject and has become the standard bibliographic work on the cartography of the West.