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"Plan of Boston and its Environs 1775"

Plan of Boston and its Environs 1775
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This detail of Bernard Romans' 1775 map graphically conveys information concerning the scene of the fighting of various battles during the American Revolution to the rest of the colonies. The detail includes the Shawmut peninsula, Charlestown, Cambridge, and Roxbury. The full map was the first map printed in America to show Massachusetts as an independent state, and shows rivers, creeks, hills, and towns within each existing county in Massachusetts. The full map can be viewed here.

Romans, a navigator, surveyor, cartographer, and soldier, was one of a small number of expatriate British officers and officials with technical training who gave their allegiance to their new country. He is most famous for maps of the southeastern United States, particularly Florida, in the period leading up to 1775.