A plan of the District of Maine, 1795

Contributed by Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education


Presentation manuscript map showing Bingham's Purchase of 1 million acres; the Waldo Patent and "Lottery land sold to Wm. Bingham Esqr." Includes boundary line between the United States and British provinces.

The presence of the Massachusetts seal in the upper-right corner suggests that state authorities commissioned the Boston-based surveyor and mathematics teacher, Osgood Carleton, to make this large map. Indeed, Carleton probably made this map for the Committee for the Sale of Eastern Lands, to accompany an official report, requested by the Massachusetts legislature in March 1795, on land transactions in Maine.

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  • Title: A plan of the District of Maine, 1795
  • Creator: Osgood Carleton
  • Creation Date: 1795
  • Subject Date: 1795
  • Location: ME
  • Media: Ink on Paper
  • Dimensions: 146 cm x 103 cm
  • Local Code: 896 (OS-1795-7)
  • Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04014
(207) 780-4850

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