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John Reid: The State of New Hampshire Compiled chiefly from Actual Surveys

Map: USA9213
Cartographer: John Reid
Title: The State of New Hampshire Compiled chiefly from Actual Surveys
Date: 1796
Published: New York
Width: 12 inches / 31 cm
Height: 18 inches / 46 cm
Map ref: USA9213
One of the earliest available maps of New Hampshire. Published in Reid's 1796 “American Atlas, the second folio-sized domestically produced atlas in the United States.

This finely engraved map divides the state into counties, shows the developing road network and illustrates the topography of the region. A depiction of the White Mountains (“The White Hills”) can be seen with a charming note to say NB. “The White Hills appear many leagues off at Sea like White Clouds just rising above the Horizon.”. In amongst the intricate river system bordering the White Mountains are a small handful of mills, each marked with a sunburst icon – Haverhill, Bainard’s Mill and Little’s Mill and Pages. At the state’s northern border with Quebec, a note to label an point of portage used by the local indigenous people (Indian Carrying Place).

The cartographic source for this map is Matthew Carey’s “American Atlas” published just one year earlier. This example was issued in Reid’s “American Atlas”, the much expanded companion volume to accompany William Winterbotham’s work “An Historical, Geographical, Commercial and Philosophical View of the United States” published in America. An engraving credit is given to Benjamin Tanner.