A Survey of Lake Champlain

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A Survey of Lake Champlain


The full title of this map is A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John. Surveyed by Order of His Excellency Major-General Sr. Jeffery Amherst, Knight of the most Honble. Order of the Bath, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America, (now Lord Amherst) by William Brassier, Draughtsman. (with) A Particular Plan of Lake George. Surveyed in 1756. By Capt. Jackson. London: Printed for Robt. Sayer & Jno. Bennett ... Augst. 5th 1776. 

The two dates here are important: the first locates Capt. Jackson's surveys amidst the French and Indian Wars, when England and its rival France were battling for territorial control of North America; the second date, of course, locates publication of the map during the American Revolution.

The Champlain Valley and its waterways were a critical transportation route, and accurate knowledge of its terrain and strategic points was important military intelligence. Much of that is encoded literally on the terrain here. This map was one of six in a small hand atlas designed for British officers and as such was dubbed the "Holster Atlas" for its use in the field.


Sayer, Robert
Bennett, John


Sayer and Bennett (firm)




Cooper, Ken


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48 x 66 cm