The Western Hemisphere, by John Cary, 1799

This map shows the explorations of Captain Cook to Hawaii (or Sandwich Isles), and the borders of the United States prior to the Louisiana Purchase, leading only to the Mississippi River. It rather optimistically shows Alaska and California (or New Albion) as territories belonging to the United Kingdom.

(via Wikimedia)

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