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Connecticut
1796
Draftsman:Drawn by Daniel Friedrich Sotzmann , German, 1754 - 1840
Printmaker:Engraved by F. Schmidt , German, active1796
Publisher:Published by Carl Ernst Bohn , German, active 1781 - 1816
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 14 1/8 x 17 1/4in. (35.9 x 43.8cm) Platemark (height x width): 15 1/8 x 18 3/4in. (38.4 x 47.6cm) Sheet (height x width): 19 1/2 x 26 3/8in. (49.5 x 67cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: This elegrant engraved map of Connecticut reflects European interest in the United States in the decade following American independence. It was prepared by the German cartographer Daniel Friedrich Sotzmann for Christopher Ebeling's 1796 Atlas of North America. Although Sotzmann primarily based his map on William Blodget’s New and Correct Map of the State of Connecticut, published in Middletown, Connecticut in 1791, he included some geographical information that does not appear on that map, indicating that he drew on other sources as well.
Description: Political and physical map of the state of Connecticut with Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the east, part of Long Island and Long Island Sound to the south, and New York to the west. Names are given in German and sometimes in English. The boundaries of both towns and counties are indicated. Post roads and other roads are shown. Symbols indicate the location of Congregational, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches, courthouses, academies, gristmills, sawmills, fulling mills, oil mills, paper mills, powder mills, distilleries, iron works, potash works, and fortifications. Some rivers and lakes are identified. Hills and mountains are indicated with hachure marks. The map provides considerable detail for the islands and other features along the Connecticut coast of Long Island Sound.
Cartographic Note: Scale is given in English and German miles
Inscription: On recto, in cartouche, printed in black ink, "Erklarung der Zeichen." Symbols are identified in German and English. English is as follows: "City. Churches. Presbyterians. Baptists. Furnaces. Academies. Distilleries. Grist Mill [sic], Saw Mills, Oel [Oil} Mill, Iron Works, Paper Mill, Fulling Mill, Potash Works, Powder Mill, Fortifications, Hills, Mountains, Post Roads, Roads, Country Lanes, Town Lines."; lower right, in pencil, "15-- / 328" On verso, upper right, in black ink, "94489"; in pencil, "15.355" "Connecticut / 1796 / 5/-"
Object Number: 1956.92.0
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