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Montrésor, John, 1736-1799

A map of the Province of New York, with part of Pensilvania, and New England, from an actual survey by Captain Montresor, engineer

Publication information:
London:  A. Dury, 1775

Copperplate engraving, hand colored, on two sheets 75 x 96 cm. and 76 x 98 cm.

New York (State)--Maps--Early works to 1800.

1.  Scale ca. 1:320,000
2.  P. Andrews, sculp. 
3. Images derived from two 4 x 5" transparencies scanned to Kodak Pro Photo CD. Original map housed at Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Contact Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division for reproduction rights.









John Montrésor

A Map of the Province of New York, 1775

John Montrésor was another officer in the Royal Engineers Corps.  Like Wolfgang Rmer, he engaged in both the construction of fortifications and in mapmaking.   Descended from an old Huguenot family, his father, James Gabriel Montrésor, was also a military engineer who made maps of the American colonies.

The years between 1755-1783 saw extensive surveying of New York by British military engineers. This mapping was connected with the military needs of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Predictably, their work focused on militarily important areas--coastal harbors, fortifications, and inland passageways, such as the Hudson River and Lake Champlain.

Montrésors map is perhaps the best overall depiction of New York produced by the British. Although in general outlines it is based on Jeffreys map of 1755, it is much more detailed.  It was used, and highly regarded, by both sides in the Revolutionary War.


Schwartz and Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America , 181-82

Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America , no. 1066

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