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SAYER, Robert (1725 - 1794) and John BENNETT (died 1787). The Theatre of War in North America, with the Roads and a Table of the Distances. London: March 20, 1776.

SAYER, Robert (1725 - 1794) and John BENNETT (died 1787). The Theatre of War in North America, with the Roads and a Table of the Distances. London: March 20, 1776.

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SAYER, Robert (1725 - 1794) and John BENNETT (died 1787). The Theatre of War in North America, with the Roads and a Table of the Distances. London: March 20, 1776.

Broadside, single sheet (28 6/8 x 20 6/8 inches). Fine engraved map of the eastern states of America (16 x 20 inches to the neat line), hand coloured in outline, above 3 columns of letterpress text below the title "A Compendious Account of the British Colonies in North America," (old folds).

A RARE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA BROADSIDE, FIRST PRINTING. This separately issued map is dated March 20, 1776, just a few days after the British evacuation of Boston. British forces were forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, overlooking the city from the south. "The Siege of Boston was the eleven-month period from 19 April 1775 to 17 March 1776 when American militiamen effectively contained British troops within Boston, and after the Battle of Bunker Hill, to the peninsula of Charlestown.  The American, or Provincial, armed forces, were initially called the New England Army (formed from the militiamen who answered the alarm on 19 April 1775) and then became part of the Continental Army when it was established in June 1775.  During the Siege many residents moved out of Boston, and some Loyalists from the surrounding countryside moved into town. Conditions within the town were harsh for all who remained; although the British maintained control of Boston Harbor, provisions dwindled while they waited for supply ships to arrive.

"The Siege continued until George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, seized and fortified Dorchester Heights, just outside Boston, on the night of 4 March 1776. Using artillery captured by an expedition led by Henry Knox from Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point, Washington's forces aimed cannons at British ships anchored in the harbor. On 17 March, the British were finally forced to evacuate Boston" (Massachusetts Historical Society online).

"Fine, detailed map of the entire area east of Louisiana, after the famous Evans map. It is accompanied by Evans's table of distances between principal towns, forts and other places in the British colony. Below the copperplate there are three columns of text, including information about each colony" (Nebenzahl Cat. 7, no 363). Stevens & Tree 59a.

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