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Featured Maps! Colonial and Early American Cities

Theme for the week: Colonial & Early American Cities

Date: January 13-31,  2020

The first-ever U.S. presidential election occurred from December 15, 1788, to January 10, 1789. George Washington won unanimously and stayed in office for the next 8 years. In celebration of this period in our history, the map collection room will be showcasing multiple maps of colonial and early American cities.

Included in this display are maps showcasing cities during their beginning years. Multiple maps illustrate the desired plans and divisions each city would undergo. For example, there are two City of Washington maps included in this feature. The first depicts the city around the time it was first established as the seat of government for the United States. The second provides text explanations for the expansion plans of the city.

In addition to city plans, this feature also includes drawings, nautical charts, historical text, and tactical plans. It will include cities like Boston, New York, Washington, Jamestown, Charleston, and many others. Make sure to stop by the Map Collection room to learn more about the history and geography of our first American cities.

Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:



Title: A new plan of ye great town of Boston in New England in America with the many additional buildings & new streets to the year 1769

by: Price, William

Call Number: G3764.B6 1769 .P7 1972

Title: Boston, its environs and harbour, with the rebels works raised against that town in 1775, from the observations of Lieut. Page of His Majesty’s Corps of Engineers, and from the plans of Capt. Montresor

by: Page, Thomas Hyde, Sir

Call Number: G3764.B6S3 1775 .P2

This nautical chart depicts Boston’s environs and harbors at the time of 1775.

Title: Map of Boston in the State of Massachusetts

by: Hales, John Groves

Call Number: G3764.B6 1814 .H2

Enlarged street map of 1814 Boston.

Title: The town of Boston in New England

by: Bonner, John

Call Number: G3764.B6 1722 .B55

New Orleans

Title: New Orleans, Louisiana in 1759

by: Jefferys, Thomas

Call Number: G4014.N5 1759 .J3 1971

Title: Plan of the city and suburbs of New Orleans: from an actual survey made in 1815

by: Tanesse, I

Call Number: G4014.N5 1815 .T2 1967

Map depicts the city and suburban plans of 1815 New Orleans as well as illustrations of key buildings between the years 1733 and 1815.


Title: A map of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia established as the permanent seat of the government of the United States of America

by: King, Rt. (Robert)

Call Number: G3850 1818 .K4 1971

Map of the City of Washington after being established as the seat of government. This 1818 map includes illustrations of the Capital and the President’s House.

Title: Plan of the city of Washington in the territory of Columbia: ceded by the states of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America, and by them established as the seat of their government, after the year MDCCC

by: Ellicott, Andrew

Call Number: G3850 1792 .E5

City of Washington 1792 map showcasing observations and explanations regarding city plans for that time. 

Other Cities

Title: A description of the Towne of Mannados or New Amsterdam: as it was in September 1661, lying in latitude 40 de: and 40 m:, anno Domini 1664

by: Longmeadow Press

Call Number: G3804.N4 1661 .D3 1990 (Vertical File)

The “Duke’s Plan” of New York. 

Title: A map of the province of South Carolina with all the rivers, creeks, bays, inletts, islands, inland navigation, soundings, time of high water on the sea coast, roads, marshes, ferrys, bridges, swamps, parishes, churches, towns, townships, county, parish, district, and provincial lines

by: Cook, James

Call Number: G3910 1773 .C6

Map depicts South Carolina before it receives statehood. Displays plans of Georgetown, Charleston, and Camden. 

Title: Arx Carolina

by: Montanus, Arnoldus

Call Number: G3934.F6 1671 .M6

This 1671 replica depicts a settlement in Carolina. It is named after the Latin word for “citadel”, which is along the lines of a fortress. 

Title: A plan of the action at Bunkers Hill, on the 17th of June, 1775: between His Majesty’s troops, under the command of Major General Howe, and the rebel forces

by: Page, Thomas Hyde, Sir

Call Number: G3764.B6:2C45314 1775 .P2

Title: A plan representing the form of setling the districts, of county divisions in the Margravate of Azilia.

by: Montgomery, Robert, Sir

Call Number: G3920 1717 .M6 1969

This map depicts the plans created for a margravate to be built in Georgia. However, lack of funding prevented this idea from coming to life. 

Title: A world transformed

by: National Geographic Society (U.S.)

Call Number: G3709.31.E1 1491 .N3 2007

This National Geographic map illustrates the impact of colonial settlement in the Americas. Text explains the differences and impacts between Europeans and Native Americas. 

Title: Historical Maps of Maryland

by: Papenfuse, Edward C.

Call Number: G3840 sVar .P3 (Text)

  • Warner & Hanna’s Plan of the City & Environs of Baltimore (Sheet 1)
  • Bird’s Eye View of the City of Annapolis (Sheet 6)

This set has multiple sheets showcasing the history of Maryland. Sheet 1 depicts Baltimore and its surrounding area. Sheet 6 is a beautiful illustration of the City of Annapolis. 

Title: Pennsylvania in 1687: a mapp of ye improved part of Pensilvania in America, divided into countyes, townships, and lotts

by: Holme, Thomas

Call Number: GG3820 1687 .H6 1981

This map had detailed information for its time regarding the divisions of 1687 Pennsylvania. Counties, townships, and lots are labeled throughout. 

Title: Plan of the siege of Charlestown in South Carolina

Call Number: G3914.C4S1 1787 .P5 1990

Title: St. Augustine, the capital of east Florida

by: Jefferys, Thomas

Call Number: G3934.S28 1763 .S3


Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is normally open to the public in the basement (Lower Level) of Shields Library, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm. However, our hours change around the academic calendar and the holiday season. To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

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