A PLAN of BOSTON and its Environs shewing the true Situation of His Majesty's Troops, and also those of the Rebels; likewise all the Forts, Redouts and Entrenchments erected by both Armies


A PLAN of BOSTON and its Environs shewing the true Situation of His Majesty's Troops, and also those of the Rebels; likewise all the Forts, Redouts and Entrenchments erected by both Armies

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Title:
A PLAN of BOSTON and its Environs shewing the true Situation of His Majesty's Troops, and also those of the Rebels; likewise all the Forts, Redouts and Entrenchments erected by both Armies
Description:
We Are One: This map, probably drawn by British Lieutenant Richard Williams, depicts the positions of the British and American troops in October 1775. The map delineates the envelopment of the city by "rebel" forces that led to the British evacuation of Boston on March 17, 1776. Williams's map features the Continental Army Headquarters in Cambridge and the fortifications constructed by American troops. His manuscript map was sent to London where it was engraved and printed less than two weeks before the British troops left the city. British military and political leaders used maps like this to gain a better sense of the American war.
Associated name:
Williams, Richard, active 1750-1776
Name on Item:
Drawn by an Engineer at Boston.
Date:
[1775]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
British Library
Collection (local):
British Library Collection
Subjects:
Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
Military art and science--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
Boston (Mass.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonBunker Hill
Publisher:
[Place of production not identified] : [producer not identified]
Notes:
Relief shown by shading and by hachuring.
Shows title in simple surround at upper right with lettered key (A-P) beneath and an explanation to the colours used (green for works by His Majesty's Troops and yellow for those of the "enemy").
Shows roads.
Shows scale bar at lower right of 880 yards.
Compare the very similar printed and published map (although with slightly different key and title), "A PLAN OF BOSTON, and its ENVIRONS. shewing the true SITUATION of HIS MAJESTY'S ARMY. AND ALSO THOSE OF THE REBELS. Drawn by an Engineer at Boston Octr. 1775". The printed map makes reference to haveing been drawn by Lieutenant Richard Williams at Boston. See Maps K.Top.120.35. and Maps CC.2.d.4. for examples of the printed map.
Copy at Add Ms 15,535.5. Small red stamp of British Museum to verso. Annotation to verso in ink, "this Map was purchased separately of Rodd 13 Dec 1845".
Exhibited: "We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2015.
Extent:
1 map : manuscript pen and ink with watercolour ; 46 x 66 cm
Scale:
Scale approximately 1:14,400
Language:
English
Catalog Record:
http://searcharchives.bl.uk/IAMS_VU2:IAMS032-002087309
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