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A general map of the northern British Colonies in America : which comprehends the province of Quebec, the government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England and New-York

Published by a prominent London firm, this map illustrates the extent of the British colonies in northern North America at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Britain was keenly interested in maintaining control of this region because the exportation of furs and cod fish generated sizable income for merchants back in England. Profitable natural resources were abundant in Canada, as suggested by the placement of a North American beaver atop the cartouche, and the detailed depiction of the fishing banks off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

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Creator

Holland, Samuel, 1728-1801

Creator

Robert Sayer and John Bennett (Firm)

Date

1776

Name on Item

from the surveys of Capt. Cook & Capt. Carver, regulated by the astronomics & triginometric observations, made by Major Sam. Holland.

Publisher

Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:3,750,000]

Language

English

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Subjects
  • North America--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • North America
  • North and Central America
Extent

1 map : col. ; 47 x 66 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • Prime meridian: London.
  • In top margin: "The seat of war, in the northern colonies, containing the province of Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland."
  • From the American Military Pocket Atlas. London: Sayer and Bennet, [1776].
  • May be a later state, as described in McCorkel.
  • Cataloging, conservation, and digitization made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
  • This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=45.

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