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The upper-left corner of "A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England...," this detail shows settlement growth in the lands between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers. A number of townships, many of them bearing names of towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut, have been laid out. As these lands developed, border disputes among Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York became more heated. Eventually much of this contested territory became Vermont.

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[Map of New Hampshire and Hudson River, with inset map of Boston.] One plate from “A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England, containing the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, with the Colonies of Conecticut [sic] and Rhode Island, Divided into Counties and Townships; The Whole Composed from Actual Surveys and its Situation Adjusted by Astronomical Observations.”

Title of inset map:
A Plan of the Town of Boston.

London: Published by Thomas Jefferys, 1774.
Dimensions of entire sheet: 21 7/8 X 29 ¼ inches.
Dimensions of image: 19 3/8 X 20 3/8 inches.
Dimensions of inset map: 5 5/8 X 8 5/8 inches.
Plate 28 from Atlas Des Colonies Angloises en Amerique (after 1777). [Title of atlas taken from manuscript title page.]

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