[Map]. J[acob] De Cordova. De Cordova's Map of Texas....
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The Worthington Renaissance Hotel
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Fort Worth, TX 76102
The map was first issued in 1849, 1850, and revised by German cartographer Charles W. Pressler for the Colton Company at least four times (1856, 1857, 1858, and 1861). With each new edition or issue the map makers have adjusted for the continuing change in Texas development. The format remained generally the same over the years. Jenkins states: "Sam Houston delivered a speech praising the map [the 1849 edition] on the floor of the U.S. Senate ...that it was 'the most correct and authentic map of Texas ever compiled.'" Of the 1850 edition: "An important and authentic map-possibly the finest of the period." (Eberstadt)
"[Jacob] De Cordova, a native of Jamaica, was one of the earliest Jewish settlers in Texas. He supplied goods for the Texas Revolution from New Orleans and settled in Galveston in 1837. [...] He was fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, and several Indian languages. He became one of the leading land merchants in Texas, and worked for thirty years promoting immigration into the state" (Jenkins). In 1847, De Cordova was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, but lost his bid for reelection in 1849. Working as a land agent, he, along with George B. Erath, laid out the town of Waco. He was instrumental in promoting immigration to Texas through speeches professing her wonders given throughout the United States and as far away as England. He also published a number of pamphlets and guidebooks including "The Texas Immigrant and Traveller's Guide Book" (1856) and "Texas, Her Resources and Her Public Men" (1858). De Cordova died in 1868.
Reference: Basic Texas Books 38; 38n. Eberstadt, Texas 162:241. Phillips, America, p. 845 (cites editions 1849-1857).
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