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De Witt, Simeon
A map of the State of New York
Albany: G. Fairman, 1802
Copperplate engraving, 167 x 135 cm.
New York (State)--Maps
1. Scale ca. 1:316,800.
2. "Engraved by G. Fairman."
3. Images derived from two 4 x
transparencies scanned to Kodak Pro Photo
Original map housed at Library of
Congress, Geography and Map
Contact Library of Congress, Geography and
Map Division for reproduction rights.
Simeon De Witt
A Map of the State of New York, 1802
Simeon De Witt was Surveyor General of the State of New York between 1784 and 1834.
He was a pioneer in American cartography, and made numerous contributions to public
life in New York. He played a central role in the rapid economic and political
development of the state during this period.
De Witt’s 1802 Map of the State of New York reflects the intensive surveying of
uspstate New York that was conducted during the preceding ten years, much of it under De
Witt’s oversight. The map greatly excels in coverage and accuracy any map of New York
made during the colonial period. Of particular note is the depiction of the newly surveyed
lands of the Military Tract in Central New York and of the Holland Purchase in western New
Jo Margaret Mano, "Unmapping the Iroquois: New
York State Cartography, 1792-1845," in Lawrence M. Hauptman, ed., The
Oneida Indian Journey
W.W. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers,
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