A topographical chart of the bay of Narraganset in the province of New England : with all the isles contained therein, among which Rhode Island and Connonicut have been particularly surveyed ; shewing the true position & bearings of the banks, shoals, rocks &c. as likewise the soundings ; to which have been added the several works & batteries raised by the Americans ; taken by order of the principal farmers on Rhode Island

Author: Blaskowitz, Charles
Publisher: Faden, William
Date: 1777
Location: Narragansett Bay (R.I.), Rhode Island

Dimensions: 92 x 63 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:50,500]
Reference: LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 1003
Reference: Nebenzahl, K. Bibliography of printed battle plans, 34
Call Number: G3772.N3 1777 .B53


This topographical map of Narragansett Bay was based on surveys conducted in 1764 and 1774 by military engineer Charles Blaskowitz. Blaskowitz worked with Samuel Holland to survey the northern Atlantic coast. Londoner William Faden published this 1777 map when the British occupied Newport, Rhode Island. The following year, America’s alliance with the French faced its first test during the inconclusive Battle of Rhode Island. This map features the coastline and islands, locating individual farmsteads and towns. Marginal text praises Rhode Island for the “perfection” of its fish, and notes that residents are free to practice any religion they choose.

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