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A map of the most inhabited part of New England : containing the provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, with the colonies of Conecticut and Rhode Island, divided into counties and townships : the whole composed from actual surveys and its situation adjusted by astronomical observations

Boston mapmaking was influential in forming Great Britain's perception of the New England colonies. For example, though William Douglass made his map of New England for local consumption, London publisher Thomas Jefferys targeted the English market by adapting it to illustrate a larger struggle for empire. Using Douglass' map as his primary source, Jefferys made additions based on other colonial surveys and added an inset plan of Fort Saint Frederic, a French "incroachment" on Lake Champlain. This map went through several editions and for over 50 years was the pre-eminent map of New England.

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Creator

Jefferys, Thomas, d. 1771

Date

1755

Publisher

Thos. Jefferys

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:440,000]

Language

English

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Subjects
  • United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--New England--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • New England--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Fort Albany (N.Y.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Boston Harbor
  • Canada
  • Fort Albany
  • Fort Frederick (historical)
  • Massachusetts
  • New England
  • North and Central America
  • Ontario
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand col. ; 102 x 97 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • Prime meridians: London and Ferro.
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • Insets: [Fort Frederik] [ca. 1:1,680] -- A plan of Boston Harbor from an accurate survey [ca. 1:150,000].
  • First edition, second issue with Connecticut spelled Conecticut. Alternate date 1759.

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