REVOLUTION MAPPING THE ROAD TO AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, 1755-1783

 

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AUTHOR:

Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen

TITLE:

REVOLUTION MAPPING THE ROAD TO AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, 1755-1783

DESCRIPTION:

Revolution reproduces sixty breathtakingly detailed maps, all in full color to tell the story of the American Revolution much as the colonists themselves would have experienced it.  As map historian Lloyd Brown has written, "Pictorial news about the war was limited almost entirely to maps and as source material on the Revolution these are of the utmost importance."

Revolution begins twenty years before the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, at the outset of the French and Indian War.  Though this earlier conflict is vague in the minds of many, it set the stage for the Revolution.  It was, in fact, bloodier than the Revolution, taking more lives, and it also reshaped global politics, stripping France of an entire continent and forcing Britain to raise colonial taxes.  Furthermore, many of the same people participated in both wars -- George Washington, for one -- gaining experience that would shape the nascent United States of America.

The maps in Revolution, many of which document decisive battles, bring visual energy and clarity to a history shrouded in the fogs of time and myth.  Many of the maps have never been published before, surviving only as obscure manuscripts.  The authors tracked them down from various sources, including the King George III collection at the British Library; the Lord Percy collection at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England; the archives of William Faden, the principal map printer during the Revolutionary War, which are located in the Library of Congress.  Additional maps derive from private and family collections, some of which were not even known to exist until they came up for auction recently.

The authors, Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen, have also written twenty-six short, incisive essays that put each map in the context of both its orignal time period and contemporary provenance.  Taken together, the essays provide a necessary historical counterpoint to the maps themselves, interpreting the idealogical victories and defeats encoded in the maps and derived from the battles themselves.

In this landmark new work, the authors have assembled an extraordinary cartographic chronicle, a record of some of the rarest and most valuable artifacts in early American history.

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