A topographical map of the state of New Hampshire

Author: Holland, Samuel
Publisher: Faden, William
Date: 1784
Location: New Hampshire

Dimensions: 117.0 x 77.0 cm.
Scale: ca. 1:260,000
Call Number: G3740 1784 .H6


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.

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