Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library honors France’s role in the American Revolutionary War
In this photo (left to right): Jan Spitz, Executive Director; Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education; Ronald Grim, Curator; Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston.
April 30, 2015
On March 30, 2015, the Leventhal Map Center presented a framed copy of the 1784 map by French map maker Jean Lattré, the first map issued after the Treaty of Paris. This presentation was in recognition of the vital role France played in the founding of our nation.
Published in France, America’s ally during the war, the map commemorates the bond between the two countries. It is the first map to recognize the newly established United States of America and is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, head of the American delegation to the treaty negotiations.
The ship in the cartouche symbolizes French naval assistance and the independent course set by the new United States. This is one of 60 maps that appears in the Leventhal Map Center exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence which runs May 2 to November 29 at the Boston Public Library.
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