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A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England
Draftsman:Drawn by Braddock Mead , Irish, 1685 - 1757
Publisher:Published by Thomas Jefferys , English, 1710 - 1771
Engraving; black printer's ink on laid paper, lined with linen, in leather container
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 41 1/8 x 39 3/8in. (104.5 x 100cm) Sheet (height x width): 41 1/4 x 39 3/8in. (104.8 x 100cm) Mount (height x width): 41 1/4 x 39 3/8in. (104.8 x 100cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: First published in 1755, Jefferys's map of New England was still the most detailed and accurate map of the region available in 1774, when this third edition appeared in Jefferys's American Atlas. The area it depicts would soon gain new significance as the site of the opening battles of the American Revolution. The map would be used by both Continenental and British forces when planning their military strategy..
Description: Map of New England, depicting the provinces of New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bay, and the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, to the south is Long Island and the Long Island Sound, and to the west is part of the state of New York. The provinces and colonies are divided into counties and towns, both of which are labeled. Forts, meeting houses, and English and Indian habitations are represented by symbols listed in the Explanation. Physical features depicted include elevation, represented with clusters of peaks; rivers; ponds; lakes; and islands. In the Explanation list are letters explaining the abbreviations for some of the natural features (C or Cr for creek, for example). In the top left corner is an inset map of Boston and at the bottom is an inset chart of Boston Harbor with water depth. The cartouche is decorated with a scene depicting Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth, being greeted by a Native American and an allegorical figure holding a liberty cap.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 20 English marine leagues to 1 degree; 69 1/2 miles to 1 degree
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "A MAP of / the most INHABITED part of / NEW ENGLAND / containing the PROVINCES of / MASSACHUSETTSY BAY and NEW HAMPSHIRE, / with the COLONIES of / CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND, / Divided into Counties and Townships; / The whole completed from Actual Surveys and its Situationadjust by / ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS" Bottom right, printed in black ink: "November 29th, 1774. Published according to Act by Thos. Jeffereys Geographer to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales near Charing Cross" Verso, top left, handwritten in black ink: "64093" Top, handwritten in pencil: "64093" Left side, handwritten in pencil: "VRS" Front of container, gold tooled: "Charte / von / New- / England" Inside container, handwritten in pencil: "35672 / RNS"
Object Number: 1956.93.1
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