Old Map of Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C. by J.H. Colton, 1859: Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Dover
Old Map of Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C. by J.H. Colton, 1859: Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Dover
Old Map of Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C. by J.H. Colton, 1859: Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Dover

Old Map of Delaware, Maryland & Washington D.C. by J.H. Colton, 1859: Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Dover

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This exceptional piece is an old map of Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C., created by the renowned mapmaker J.H. Colton in 1859. Colton is widely recognized as one of the finest American mapmakers of his era, and his meticulous attention to detail is evident in this beautiful representation of the region. The map dates back to a time when the United States was in its infancy, and the region was still largely unexplored and undeveloped.

The map captures the region in its early stages of development, at a time when many of the settlements that we know today were yet to be founded. It is a testament to the rapid growth and transformation of the region, showcasing the five most notable settlements of the time: Wilmington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Dover, and Washington D.C. Each of these settlements played a crucial role in the history and development of the region, and their depiction in this map offers a fascinating glimpse into their origins.

It's important to note that many of the names and borders on this map may have changed over the last 150 years. The map serves as a snapshot of a bygone era, providing a unique perspective on the evolution of the region. It offers an intriguing contrast to the modern landscape, highlighting the changes that have occurred over time.

In the hands of J.H. Colton, this map becomes more than just a geographical representation; it's a work of art that captures the spirit of a time and place. The map is a testament to Colton's mastery and his ability to bring the past to life. It's a piece that will undoubtedly spark conversations and inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity about the history of the United States.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a cartography aficionado, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of old maps, this piece is sure to be a cherished addition to your collection. It's not just a map; it's a piece of history, a work of art, and a conversation starter all rolled into one. This old map of Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. by J.H. Colton is a treasure that offers a unique glimpse into the past, and a reminder of how far we've come.


  • Wilmington (1731) - Originally known as Fort Christina, it was the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is notable for its vibrant history and its role as a major player in the American industrial revolution.
  • Dover (1683) - The capital of Delaware, known historically as the Court Town, it played a key role in the state's political and judicial affairs.
  • New Castle (1651) - Originally named Fort Casimir by the Dutch, it was a strategic point of contention between the Dutch and the English.
  • Lewes (1631) - Known as the first European settlement in Delaware, originally named Zwaanendael. It was a whaling and trading post.
  • Smyrna (1716) - Originally called Duck Creek Cross Roads, it was a significant trading and shipping center due to its access to the Delaware Bay.


  • Baltimore (1729) - Known for its bustling port, it was a major shipbuilding and trading center.
  • Annapolis (1649) - Originally called Providence, it served as the capital of Maryland and was a major center for the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Frederick (1745) - Known for its rich history and as a gateway to the western part of the state.
  • Hagerstown (1762) - Known as Jonathan Hager's Town, it was a strategic location during the Civil War.
  • Cumberland (1787) - Known as the "Gateway to the West," it was a key transportation hub during the 19th century.

Washington D.C.

  • Georgetown (1751) - Before becoming part of Washington D.C., it was a major port and commercial center.
  • Alexandria (1749) - Known for its rich history and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture.
  • Foggy Bottom (1763) - One of the oldest late 18th and 19th-century neighborhoods in D.C., known for its historic buildings.
  • Capitol Hill (1799) - Home to the U.S. Capitol Building, it's one of the city's oldest residential neighborhoods.
  • Dupont Circle (1870s) - Known for its iconic traffic circle and historic homes, it's one of D.C.'s trendiest neighborhoods.

Native American Tribes

  • Nanticoke Tribe - Indigenous people of Delaware and Maryland, known for their agricultural practices.
  • Piscataway Tribe - Native tribe in Maryland, known for their trade networks.
  • Powhatan Confederacy - A group of indigenous tribes in the Virginia and Maryland area.

Notable Natural Features

  • Chesapeake Bay - The largest estuary in the U.S., offering a variety of recreational activities.
  • Appalachian Mountains - The range extends into Maryland, providing scenic beauty and outdoor activities.
  • Potomac River - A major waterway in D.C., offering boating, fishing, and scenic views.

Historical Events (1810-1859)

  • War of 1812 - Significant battles took place in Baltimore and Washington D.C., including the burning of the White House.
  • Baltimore Riots (1812) - Violent demonstrations by anti-war Federalists.
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (1828-1850) - The construction of this canal had a significant impact on transportation and trade in the region.
  • The Compromise of 1850 - A series of laws passed to maintain the balance of power between slave and free states, had significant implications for the region.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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