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A Map of the British and French Settlements in North America, 1755
Hinton, John. A Map of the British and French Settlements in North America, 1755. Universal Magazine. 15 x 11 in. (sight), in bird's-eye maple frame, 20 x 15 in. Old green coloring that has browned, as is typical. Inset of Fort Frederick at Crown Point built by the French 1731.
The map illustrates tensions between two world powers, Britain and France in North America. It was issued just before the British formally declared war against France in 1756, although fighting had been going on since at least May 1754 (and some would argue even as early as 1749 with Father Le Loutre's War in Acadia). The map depicts various settlements and military forts in the disputed territory of the Allegheny Mountains.
French claims are denoted by dotted lines. Georgia is shown as a strip from the Atlantic to the Western edge of the map (about the 100th meridian), bisecting the northern and southern parts of South Carolina (French claim). Bounds of Virginia & New England 1606 runs north of the Ohio River and all the way to the 100th meridian. Bounds of Hudson's Bay by the Treaty of Utrecht snakes between the Great Lakes and Hudson's Bay. Many Indian territories are noted, partially explaining alliances of various native groups with one side or the other.
Very good, minor toning of the paper but retains its hand-coloring, which is browning (as above). Recently framed and sealed. Not removed from frame for examination.