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A Map of New England

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A Map of New England Woodcut

This early map of New England, probably by John Foster, was published in The Present State of New-England by William Hubbard (London, 1677), the London edition of Hubbard’s Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians (Boston, 1677).

This map (the "Wine Hills" version) is nearly identical to the "White Hills" version (Please see the online display of the "White Hills" version of the Foster map). The layout of the map might be slightly disorienting to researchers because it depicts the western part of New England along the top of the page and the northern regions (including the White Hills of what is now New Hampshire) along the right side, although on this map those mountains are labeled the "Wine Hills".

The inscription that appears in the upper right corner features different line breaks, punctuation, and spelling of words than the "White Hills" version of the map. The text reads, "A MAP OF NEW-ENGLAND, Being the first that ever was here cut, and done by the best Pattern that could be had which being in some places defective, it made the other less exact: yet doth it sufficiently shew the Scituation of the Countrey, and conveniently well the distance of Places. The figures that are joyned with the Names of Places are to distinguish such as have been assaulted by the Indians from others."