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An accurate map of the four New England states

Author: Norman, John
Publisher: Norman and Coles
Date: 1785
Location: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New England, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Dimensions: 157.0 x 205.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: MAPPING BOSTON COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

This map was the first American wall map, and among the most important early maps published in the United States.

Despite its rudimentary and rustic appearance this impressive wall map was the earliest accurate survey of the New England region published in the new nation. Due to a chronic lack of trained surveyors, engravers and printers in post-Revolutionary War America, very few maps of any kind were published before 1790.

Utilizing information from several earlier maps and coastal charts published in England, this map of the four New England states -- Massachusetts (including Maine counties), New Hampshire (including Vermont counties), Rhode Island, and Connecticut -- added substantial new information in the northern portions of the map, particularly for the New Hampshire townships and Maine's coastal area.

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