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Part of the Delaware River

Plan of part of the River Delaware from Chester to Philadelphia in which is mark'd the position of His Majesty's ships on the 15th of November 1777
John Hunter (1738-1821)
Plan of part of the River Delaware from Chester to Philadelphia in which is mark'd the position of His Majesty's ships on the 15th of November 1777
Manuscript map, with ink and watercolor
Geography & Map Division (21C.9)

During the Revolution, British strategy was to undermine the cause from within by gaining support of Loyalists and slaves. This plan of a fifteen-mile stretch of the Delaware below Philadelphia belonged to British Admiral Richard Howe. It includes the "Obstructions to the Navigation of the river laid down by the Rebels," and shows the location of fortifications, such as Mud Island and Red Bank. These defenses failed to prevent British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777.

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