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Carte du port et havre de Boston avec les côtes adjacentes, dans laquel on a tracée les camps et les retranchemens occupé, tant par les Anglois que par les Américains

Highlighted on this fine topographic map of Boston and vicinity are the British and American troops. The American troops are colored red -- the first corps in Cambridge, the second corps opposite Charlestown neck, and the third corps near Roxbury. Among the many strategic topographic features so excellently rendered on this map is Dorchester Heights, which appears devoid of British defensive forces. This serious tactical error was ultimately recognized by General Washington, who occupied the Heights and forced the British to withdraw from the city on March 17, 1776. A note on the map reveals that it is based on an original plan of the siege drawn by order of the British government. Interestingly, the British fortifications on Boston Neck and Castle William Island are greatly exaggerated.

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Creator

Beaurain, Jean de, 1696-1771

Contributor

Croisey, P.

Date

1776

Name on Item

dediée et presentée au Roi par ... le Chr. de Beaurain, geógraphe de sa majeste ; gravé P. Croisey ci-devant graveur de la marine

Publisher

Chez le Chevalier de Beaurain

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:25,000]

Language

French

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Subjects
  • Fortification--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Boston (Mass.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Boston
  • Boston Harbor
  • Massachusetts
  • North and Central America
  • Suffolk (county)
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand col. ; 56 x 70 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • Relief shown by hachures.
  • Depths shown by soundings.
  • "Cette carte à été copié sur un plan original apporté à la cour d'Angleterre ..."
  • Shows location of British and American forces.
  • Indexed for points of interest.
  • Conservation of this piece was funded by Janet Atkins in honor of Tarleton Watkins II and Tarleton Watkins III.

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