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  • Title: The United States of North America
  • Author: William Faden
  • Date: 1796
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, foxing, wear along issued center fold
  • Inches: 25 3/4 x 21 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 65.41 x 54.61 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233027

Map by English cartographer William Faden. Following leading cartographer Thomas Jefferys' 1766 bankruptcy, he partnered with Faden to continue publishing maps. Faden's map shows the United States as they appeared towards the end of the eighteenth century, and also includes much of eastern Canada. Longitude measured according to the London meridian. A legend explains the use of colored outlines to indicate territorial boundaries; Faden explains various cartographic discrepancies and territorial disputes between European powers, and inserts an annotation regarding Indigenous territory. This note, which paints Native-European relations in a positive light, reads:

"The Whole of the Countries not actually settled by Europeans, should belong by right to the Aborigines, but our Intention has been only to Indicate the few Limits that are known of their respective Possessions, as well as the Boundaries of the Lands granted by them, or those with the Several States, to which they have agreed."

United States
of North America
with the
British Territories
and Those of Spain,
according to the Treaty, of 1784.
Engrav'd by Wm. Faden.

Published as the Act directs, Febr. 11 1796, by Willm. Faden, Geographer to the King, Charing Cross.