This harbour of Boston ...

Author: Wells, Phillip
Date: 1688
Location: Boston Harbor (Mass.)

Dimensions: 59.0 x 46.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: G3762.B65 1688 .W4


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Although undated, this earliest surviving plan of Boston Harbor dates from the period of Sir Edmund Andros' term as governor of New England from 1685-1689. It is most likely one of several manuscript maps of New England sent by Andros back to the Board of Trade in London. Andros was known to have received orders to secure a map of Boston Harbor as early as April 1688. The chart was prepared by Phillip Wells, one of the most highly skilled of early American cartographers, based on information provided by several ship captains. Few other important 17th-century manuscript maps of the New England colonies have survived. It is also of interest that the earliest printed chart of Boston Harbor, which was published as part of ''The English Pilot: The Fourth Book'' (1689), shows many similarities to this map. Circa 1688.

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