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Map [Plan de New-York et des îles environnantes.

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  • [Plan de New-York et des îles environnantes.


  • "This hand-drawn map in pen-and-ink and watercolor, probably made in 1781, depicts New York City and its surrounding islands. The map covers the area from Blackwell's Island in the northeast to Red Hook (in present-day Brooklyn) in the south, and includes a street plan of southern Manhattan. The map includes Fort George, towns such as Bedford on western Long Island, roads, ferries, redoubts, some vegetation, and relief. Islands include Bucking Island, Bedloes or Kennedy Island, and "the Governors Island." Relief is shown by hachures. Soundings indicate water depth. The British captured New York in September 1776. In the summer of 1781, General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, considered an attack on New York, but he and the Comte de Rochambeau instead feigned preparations for an attack on the city while stealthily moving their troops to Yorktown, Virginia. There, the British under General Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) were forced to surrender in what proved to be the climactic battle of the Revolutionary War. The title is from a manuscript label, which was on the verso as originally mounted. The map is from the Rochambeau Collection at the Library of Congress, which consists of 40 manuscript maps, 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas that belonged to Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. Some of the maps were used by Rochambeau during the war. Dating from 1717 to 1795, the maps cover much of eastern North America, from Newfoundland and Labrador in the north to Haiti in the south. The collection includes maps of cities, maps showing Revolutionary War battles and military campaigns, and early state maps from the 1790s." World Digital Library.

Created / Published

  • 1781?]


  • -  New York (N.Y.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • -  New York Suburban Area--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • -  United States--New York (State)--New York Suburban Area


  • -  Manuscript, pen-and-ink and watercolor.
  • -  Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings.
  • -  Shows fortifications.
  • -  Title from manuscript label on verso as originally mounted.
  • -  Scale ca. 1:10,000.
  • -  LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 1213
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
  • -  AACR2: 440; 651/1; 651/2
  • -  Vault


  • col. map, on sheet 100 x 87 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G3804.N4 1781 .P5


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • gm71000991

Online Format

  • image

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Credit Line: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

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Plan de New-York et des îles environnantes. [?, 1781] Map.

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