British Colonies in North America
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This truly grand map, covering the area from Labrador and Hudson’s Bay South to the Gulf of Mexico and West from the Atlantic to the high plains, has been appropriately identified by experts as the single most important map in the history of the United States. This is because it was the official map employed by British and American diplomats in framing the definitive Treaty of Peace of 3rd September, 1783, the document which ratified once and for all the full and independent membership of the United States in the world family of nations.
In the words of John Adams written after that event in 1784, “We had before us, through the whole negotiations, a variety of maps, but it was Mitchell’s map upon which was marked out the whole of the boundary lines of the United States.” [Extract from a foreward to North America at the Time of the Revolution: A Collection of Eighteenth Century Maps – Part II, by Louis de Vorsay Jr, published by Harry Margary.]
Map covers the area 28 deg N to 52 deg N and from 52 deg W to 107 deg W, with an inset map of Hudson’s Bay. The assembled map will cover 76 inches wide by 54 inches high.
This map forms part of the 18th Century North America – Part 2 collection.