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This section from "An Accurate Map of His Majesty's Province of New Hampshire..." provides a close-up of the territory that stood at the crossroads of northern New England. Bounded on east and south by Massachusetts (Maine was part of Massachusetts), to the west by New York, and on the north by Canada, the colony was often caught in disputes between its more powerful neighbors. New Hampshire and New York competed over the territory between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers, which is now Vermont. The written descriptions of the colony's boundary are somewhat vague, measured in one instance at “three Miles distance from a Pitch Pine Tree.” The fanciful track of the Connecticut River as it arches east at its northern end also indicates the lack of a good survey.

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One plate of “An Accurate Map of His Majesty's Province of New Hampshire in New England, taken from Actual Surveys of all the Inhabited Part, and from the Best Information of what is Uninhabited, together with the Adjacent Countries, which Exhibits the Theatre of this War in that Part of te World, by Col. Blanchard and the Rev. Mr. Langdon.”

Drawing by Joseph Blanchard and Samuel Langdon, engraving by Thomas Jefferys.
London: Published by Thomas Jefferys, after 1761.
Dimensions of entire sheet: 29 ¼ X 21 7/8 inches.
Dimensions of image: 27 X 14 3/16 inches.
Plate 33 from Atlas Des Colonies Angloises en Amerique (after 1777). [Title of atlas taken from manuscript title page.]

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