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British map of North America produced in 1757
(Catalogue ref: CO 700 America North and South 31A, 31B)
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Catalogue ref: CO 700 America North and South 31A, 31B; British map of America, 1757
How to use this source
Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in North America. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • Is this map designed simply to show people the geography of North America?
  • There are many features shown in the map, but rivers and waterfalls get a great deal of attention. Why do you think this is?
  • The map details the lands lived in by the many different Native American peoples. Why does it do this?
  • What does the commentary on the map suggest about the purpose of the map?
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