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A New and Accurate Map of the Province of Georgia in North America

Place Made:
London Great Britain
Date Made:
1779
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
HOA: 13 1/2; WOA: 12 1/4 (paper size)
Accession Number:
4112
Description:
In 1778, the British Army embarked on a southern strategy to retake the rebellious American Colonies. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell (1739-1791), the British army captured Savannah, Georgia, in December 1778. The southern strategy piqued interest in the southern colonies. In February 1779 London’s The Universal Magazine published “Lieutenant-colonel Campbell’s account of the reduction of Georgia.” Two months later, in the April issue the Universal Magazine published “An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province of Georgia, in North-America; lately reduced by the British Forces: Illustrated with a large accurate Whole-sheet Map…”

Less than a year later American forces tried to retake Savannah by siege and direct assault. Repelled on October 9, 1779, the Americans retreated soon afterward. The British did not abandon Savannah until July 1782, nearly a year after the surrender at Yorktown.

DESCRIPTION: Single sheet printed map depicting Georgia, part of Florida and part of South Carolina, showing the river system, roads and trails, Indian villages, and topography.

Credit Line:
MESDA purchase fund