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Ratzer, Bernard Plan of the City of New York in North America

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02006 Author/Creator: Ratzer, Bernard Place Written: London Type: Map Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 sheet 122 x 94 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02006 Author/Creator: Ratzer, Bernard Place Written: London Type: Map Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 sheet 122 x 94 cm

Summary of Content: Engraved by Jeffrey and Fagan. Oversize engraving showing lower Manhattan Island, part of Brooklyn and Hoboken, N.J. A cartouche extending across the bottom has a panoramic "South West View of the City of New York." Based upon the survey of 1766-1767. The map shows city blocks, streams and shallows. Dedicated to Sir Henry Moore, Governor in Chief of New York. The survey was commissioned because of the Stamp Act riots but not published until just before the British invasion. Stokes and Haskell, B-82, pl. 20, call this "one of the most beautiful, important, and accurate early maps of New York" (p.22). Not in Nebenzahl, Battle Plans of the American Revolution.

People: Ratzer, Bernard

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmGeography and Natural HistoryRevolutionary WarSurveyingMilitary HistoryStamp ActGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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