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A topographical map of the Province of New Hampshire, 1784

 Item — Drawer: 122 : L : 8, Section: 1
Identifier: 2020-IL-001-092


This rare map of New Hampshire was prepared from surveys by Samuel Holland - famed engineer who entered British service during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). The map depicts New Hampshire in great detail, illustrating rivers, streams, lakes, elevations, township boundaries, roads, and structures. Two great arcs delineate the boundary of a parcel known as "Mason's Curve." The parcel, owned by John Mason (1586-1635), was originally located between the Merrimack and Kennebeck Rivers, however in 1748 was sold by one of Mason's descendants to twelve investors from Portsmouth. It is believed these investors commissioned the surveys in 1768-69 to more accurately locate the boundary of the landholding.


  • 1784


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2 Sheets : 1 map on 2 sheets : hand colored ; 119 x 78 cm.

Language of Materials


Reference numbers

Client reference #79; WAG #289239


Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, 7 July 2010.

Related references

LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 873

Additional details

Scale [ca. 1:260,000]. Relief shown by hachures. Shows township and patent boundaries. Includes "Advertisement."


London : Printed for William Faden, 1784

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121