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Manuscript map of southeastern Massachusetts, circa 1790

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Manuscript map of southeastern Massachusetts, circa 1790 Pen and ink

This map of southeastern Massachusetts attributed to Jeremy Belknap places Plymouth at its center. The map surveys distances between many towns and cities in southeastern Massachusetts, both by land and across Massachusetts Bay. The area between Plymouth and Barnstable/Hyannis is particularly detailed. The scope of the map includes the area from Boston Harbor to what is now Provincetown, Cape Cod. The map also sketches the area around Fall River, New Bedford, and Lakeville, though these are not specifically identified. The map gives distances from towns to Boston, Taunton, Plymouth, Acushnet, Rochester, and Sandwich.