FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2021-237 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 15, 2021) – In Issue 2021-237 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn of the ratification of the Bill of Rights as amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES

Today is Bill of Rights Day.  Two hundred and thirty years ago, 10 of the 12 amendments sent to Congress were ratified and became the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

Actually, 17 amendments were first proposed and passed in the House, but only 12 made it through the Senate and were sent to the states to ratify them.  The 12 dwindled down to 10.

Congress was meeting in Federal Hall in New York City when the Bill of Rights was introduced, but the original file copy of the document is kept in the National Archives in Washington, DC.  The Bill of Rights is displayed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

This 1859 Valentine’s Manual reissue of the 1664 map of lower Manhattan is commonly referred to as the “Duke’s Plan”.

Lower Manhattan – 1859 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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