Map A plan of the west line or parallel of latitude, which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pensylvania : a plan of the boundary lines between the province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties on Delaware with part of the parallel of latitude which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania

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Title

  • A plan of the west line or parallel of latitude, which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pensylvania : a plan of the boundary lines between the province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties on Delaware with part of the parallel of latitude which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania

Summary

  • "This map shows the original Mason-Dixon Line, traditionally thought of as the divide between North and South in the United States and, before the Civil War, between the slaveholding and non-slaveholding states. In the 1700s, a boundary dispute arose between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania. They agreed to resolve the dispute by having two English astronomers, Charles Mason (1728-86) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-79), survey the border. Mason and Dixon completed their survey in 1767 and set up milestones to mark the line. This map was made by Mason and published in Philadelphia in 1768. The Mason-Dixon Line was resurveyed in 1849, 1900, and, most recently, the 1960s and has proven to be highly accurate. Today, the line is set at 39°43'19.521" north latitude. It forms the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, between Pennsylvania and part of West Virginia, and the north-south boundary between Maryland and Delaware. The origin of "Dixie," the traditional nickname for the American South and the unofficial national anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War, is obscure, but one theory holds that the name derives from Jeremiah Dixon." World Digital Library.

Contributor Names

  • Mason, Charles, 1728-1786.
  • Dixon, Jeremiah.
  • Kennedy, Robert, active 18th century.
  • Smither, James.

Created / Published

  • [Philadelphia : Robert Kennedy, 1768]

Subject Headings

  • -  Mason-Dixon Line--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Delaware--Boundaries--Maryland--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Maryland--Boundaries--Delaware--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Maryland--Boundaries--Pennsylvania--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Pennsylvania--Boundaries--Maryland--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  United States--Delaware
  • -  United States--Maryland
  • -  United States--Pennsylvania

Notes

  • -  First part of title appears at left margin, second part at right margin.
  • -  Includes ill. in cartouches.
  • -  Originally issued on 2 sheets.
  • -  Relief shown pictorially.
  • -  Shows the Mason and Dixon line.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
  • -  LC copy sectioned to 8 parts before mounting.
  • -  Acquisitions control no. 33-82
  • -  Vault

Medium

  • 1 map : mounted on cloth backing ; 65 x 185 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G3841.F7 1768 .M3

Repository

  • Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 84695758

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Mason, Charles, Jeremiah Dixon, Robert Kennedy, and James Smither. A plan of the west line or parallel of latitude, which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pensylvania: a plan of the boundary lines between the province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties on Delaware with part of the parallel of latitude which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia: Robert Kennedy, 1768] Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/84695758/.

APA citation style:

Mason, C., Dixon, J., Kennedy, R. & Smither, J. (1768) A plan of the west line or parallel of latitude, which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pensylvania: a plan of the boundary lines between the province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties on Delaware with part of the parallel of latitude which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia: Robert Kennedy] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/84695758/.

MLA citation style:

Mason, Charles, et al. A plan of the west line or parallel of latitude, which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pensylvania: a plan of the boundary lines between the province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties on Delaware with part of the parallel of latitude which is the boundary between the provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia: Robert Kennedy, 1768] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/84695758/>.