This map contains elements from previous maps; most specifically, the cartouche is copied from De Vaugondy's 1755 map of Canada. The map is hand coloured with the colours showing the British and French possessions of the area covered. The atlas this map is from was published between 1776 and 1784. Sources consulted do not specify which printing this map is from although as the 1st state it was earlier, rather than later in this period.
There are several interesting notes on the founding of the various English settlements covered by the map. The accompanying magazine article points out that the purpose of the map is illustrate the "just" claims of Great Britain and the "encroachments" of the French.
In addition to being published on its own, this map appeared in a number of different publications. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Thomas Jefferys as "cartographer, and publisher; produced some of the most important eighteenth-century maps of the Americas; appointed Geographer to George III in December 1760".
This chart documents the Port of Boston at the dawn of the American Revolution. Under the strain of the Boston Port Act imposed during the winter of 1774-75, New Englanders continued to agitate against their British government. An article accompanying the map is entitled “An Account of the Proceedings of the American Colonists since the Passing of the Boston Port Bill.” It informs the readers that the Governor had assured the town that “he will do all in his power to secure the peace and good order of the town" and goes on to list “the regiments, & companies now at Boston.” An English map of the seaward approach to Boston during the American Revolutionary War with a compass rose showing rhumb lines for the British sailors planning to enter the harbour. Soundings are taken around the islands and in the channels and guts. Dangerous rocks are marked by crosses, and sand banks by broken lines. Forts throughout the harbour are shown, and urban areas are symbolized by hatching.
An English plan of the American's entrenchments of Breed's Hill at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. The plan is a woodcut. Text below the plan in the volume describes placement of trees at angles and details placement of troops at flanks and parapets. The text includes additional new on the American Revolution including: a letter intercepted by the British from Johan Adams to Abigail Adams showing his frustration with Congress, British letters published from George Washington to General Gage, signed petitions, and other intercepted letters.
Typical example of late 18th century British journalistic cartography. Using pictorial symbols it shows Charlestown in ruins, following the British burning of the town during the battle. The main focus of the map is Boston occupied by the British emphasizing fortifications. Plan pictorial relief details streets, trees, hillocks, various wharfs, the Charles River including etching of several buildings at the "Charle's Town in Ruins" at topmost part of plan. The 'Boston Neck' in the southwestern corner no longer exists in the present due to the extensive changes to the coastline of the area that have taken place since the map's creation.
Covers from Maine to South Carolina and west to Lake Michigan. Relief shown pictorially. Title enclosed in simple double-lined box. A map of English colonies in America before the Revolutionary War. Some English names are present before they were later changed in favour of more nationalistic ones. Lake Michigan is considerably smaller in this map, and its connection to Lake Huron is more than 300 km to the north of where the map places it.
Covers New York and areas of New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and other states reaching to the Mississippi River. Identifies Indian Nations. A map of British American Plantations extending from Boston in New England to Georgia, including all the black settlements in the provinces as far as the Mississippi. Elaborate cartouche depicting a monkey, slaves and child, native people, arrow embedded in a head.
Tooley calls this a foundational map of North America and the first to revert to the southern part of California as a peninsula since the early 1600's. It uses outline color to depict the colonial possessions although the colors used are not consistent or explained between examined online copies of this exact state.
The original cartography was based on maps from c.1713. It remained unchanged through it's various printings and states (as late as 1784) giving it a somewhat dated look as compared to other maps published of the area during the same time period.