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Although Europeans had settled in the region since the early 17th century, New England's boundaries remained uncertain in the mid 18th. In this plate from "A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America...," mapmaker John Mitchell extended New England's northern boundaries far into areas claimed by the French. He also depicted the density of settlements in southern New England and their sparseness throughout northern New England. New York and New Hampshire continued to dispute the area between them; it would eventually become Vermont.

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[Map showing New England, New York, part of Canada, part of Pennsylvania.] One plate from “A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits, and Extent of the Settlements Humbly Inscribed to the Right Honourable The Earl of Halifax and the Other Right Honourable The Lords Commissioners For Trade and Plantations by their Lordships Most Obliged and very Humble Servant Jn. Mitchell.

Engraving by Thomas Kitchin.
London: Published by John Mitchell, 1755.
Dimensions of entire sheet: 21 13/16 X 29 3/16 inches.
Dimensions of image: 18 7/8 X 25 ¾ inches.
Plate number 4 from Atlas Des Colonies Angloises en Amerique (after 1777). [Title of atlas taken from manuscript title page.]

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