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This plan of Kennebeck & Sagadahock Rivers & country adjacent

Just a year after producing a map supporting the Brunswick Proprietors’ claim, Thomas Johnston issued this plan supporting the position of their opponents in the Plymouth Company. The map depicts the Company’s grant extending to Casco Bay and includes a long note justifying its title to the land. It also places the dispute in the broader context of Anglo-French tensions by highlighting the Company’s role in establishing Forts Franckfort and Western to protect the Maine frontier from French attacks.

Metadata

Creator

Johnston, Thomas, 1708-1767

Contributor

Heath, Joseph

Contributor

Jones, Phineas

Contributor

North, John

Contributor

Jones, Ephraim

Contributor

Hutchinson, E.

Contributor

Plymouth Company

Date

1754

Name on Item

is most humbly inscribed by ... Thos. Johnston.

Publisher

Engraved, printed & sold by Thomas Johnston, Brattle Street, Boston, New England

Scale

Scale 1:253,440

Language

English

Location

Massachusetts Historical Society

Collection (local)

Massachusetts Historical Society Collection

Subjects
  • Penobscot Bay (Me.)--Maps
  • New England--Maps
  • New York (State)--Maps
  • Maine--Maps
  • New Hampshire--Maps
  • Kennebec River--Maps
  • Kennebec Patent--Maps
  • Casco Bay (Me.)--Maps
Places
  • Casco Bay
  • Cumberland (county)
  • Kennebec
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North and Central America
  • Penobscot
  • United States
Extent

1 map : col. ; 84 x 61 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • Latitude in degrees and minutes north from equator. Latitude and longitude also given for inset map.
  • Coordinates indicated.
  • Boundaries of British claims in yellow, green and red.
  • Title within decorative cartouche.
  • At head of title: To his Excellency William Shirley Esq. Capt. General & Governour in Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England.
  • Issued by Plymouth Company.
  • Includes three columns of text asserting grounds for British claims to sovereignty over province of Maine and controverting French claims.
  • Includes inset map of New England "chiefly taken from Monsr. Bellin's Map of North America published at Paris 1745."
  • Includes plans of Fort Western, Fort Hallifax [sic], and Fort Frankfort.