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This manuscript map numbered 56-2-1 was created by Thomas Johnston in 1753 and shows the granted land on both sides of the Kennebec River, church buildings in Brunswick, Falmouth and North Yarmouth and the town of Norridgewock. Land shown includes Casco Bay from Cape Elizabeth to Pemaquid Point, and from Georgetown to Norridgewock along the Kennebec River.
Names on the map include Lawson, John North, Joseph Heath, Pineas Jones and E. Hutchinson.
Two compass roses adorn the map along with two men in the cartouche stating, "God hath Planted us here, God deeded this land to us." Great controversy surrounded this and subsequent maps created by Thomas Johnston showing land ownership along the Kennebec. This is considered the first Johnston map, 1753.
This map is also known as the 'talking indians' map.
About This Item
- Title: Plan of part of the Eastern Shore, 1753
- Creator: Johnston, Thomas
- Creation Date: 1753
- Subject Date: 1753
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 34 cm x 21 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 60, Map 56-2-1
- Collection: Plymouth Company (1749-1816) records
- Object Type: Text and Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Cardinal points
- Kennebec River (Me.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
- Land grants--Maine
- Land tenure--Maine
- Maine--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
- Manuscript maps
- Plymouth Company, 1749-1816--Records and correspondence----Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
- Proprietors of the Township of Brunswick--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
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