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A Map of the present Seat of War in North America
1776
Publisher:Published by the Westminster Magazine , British, 1773 - 1785
Engraving; black printer's ink on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 7 5/8 x 9 5/8in. (19.4 x 24.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 8 1/4 x 10 1/4in. (21 x 26cm)
Credit Line: Gift of William C. Conklin
Gallery Copy: During the American Revolution, English magazines published a number of maps of the former colonies, showing where the fighting was taking place. Such maps and the accompanying articles would have been a primary source for English men and women attempting to keep up with current events. This map appeared in the Westminster Magazine in August 1776. The same issue included the text of the Declaration of Independence.
Description: Map of north America east of what was then Louisiana, with Canada to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and West Florida to the south. The land west of the thirteen colonies is labeled with the names of the Native American tribes that lived there, and rivers are depicted and labeled. The thirteen colonies and eastern Canadian provinces are presented in a bit more detail, with dotted lines denoting boundaries and population centers indicated with open circles and labels. Elevation is conveyed through clusters of peaks. A double parallel line runs from Boston down to St. Augustine and is probably a road. The cartouche is decorative and features palm trees and mountains rising out of a body of water.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "A MAP of / the present / SEAT of WAR / in / NORTH / AMERICA" Verso, center, handwritten in pencil: "82337" Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "Map Box / 141" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: "82337"
Object Number: 1971.71.7
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