Copy of Thomas Johnston's Plan of part of the Eastern Shore, ca. 1770

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Copy of Thomas Johnston's Plan of part of the Eastern Shore, ca. 1770

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This is a copy of Thomas Johnston's original manuscript map that he created in 1753 for the Kennebec Proprietors. It 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 has also been called the 'talking Indians' map.

This item is part of a larger archival collection (Coll. 60,) which is completely digitized. To search the entire collection visit our Beyond Borders search page

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  • Title: Copy of Thomas Johnston's Plan of part of the Eastern Shore, ca. 1770
  • Creator: Thomas Johnston
  • Creation Date: circa 1770
  • Subject Date: 1753
  • Location: Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 cm x 25 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 60, Map 56-2-3
  • Collection: Plymouth Company (1749-1816) records
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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