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A map of New-England, being the first that ever was here cut ...

Author: Foster, John
Date: 1677
Location: New England

Dimensions: 30.0 x 39.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: MAPPING BOSTON COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

Based on a 1665 survey by William Reed, this is the earliest map drawn, engraved and printed in North America. The survey was commissioned by the government of Massachusetts to justify the colonys northern and southern boundaries, which are indicated by two parallel lines on the map.

The map was prepared as a woodcut illustration for William Hubbards account of the terrible Indian massacres of 1675, known as King Phillips War, which was published simultaneously in Boston and London. The latter edition included the same map (displayed here), except the White Hills were mislabeled as the Wine Hills.

The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.

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