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A MAP of the BRITISH COLONIES in North America
This collection consists of maps related to the American Revolutionary War era, from the King George III Topographical Collection and from the British Library's collection of manuscript maps.

The British Museum's Department of Printed Books was founded in 1753, the year of the foundation of the Museum itself. Over the intervening two hundred years, the library of the British Museum had grown into one of the largest in the world, sustained by its privilege of legal deposit whereby it was entitled to a copy of most items printed in the United Kingdom - not only books and periodicals, but newspapers, maps and printed music. The British Library was established in 1972 as a national centre for reference, study and bibliographical and other information services, in relation both to scientific and technological matters and to the humanities.