Cider Was a Gateway Drink In 1838

I adore this drunk map!

Pommel Cyder

How does one get to the land of Inebriation? According to C. Wilterberger, Jr’s 1838Temperance Map it all starts with cider.

The map is an allegory of one’s descent into drunkenness and the (one and only?) route to salvation. As you’re floating on the Ocean of Animal Appetites, you enter Cider Inlet, which leads you into Inebriation. Inebriation consists of the territories of Indulgence, False Security, False Pleasure, False Comfort, False Hope, Total Indifference, and Ruin. However, from Ruin you can sail up the Ocean of Eternity to the land of Self Denial, and it’s territories of Plenty, Enjoyment, Prosperity, Improvement, and Industry, where Adam’s Ale seems to be the most common drink.

Temperance Map Here there be ciders….
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Library of Congress

It’s clear from the lake names that as you travel from west to east in Inebriation, the drinks…

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