The Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West, Commonly Called the Jerseys


William Faden, a noted English publisher who specialized in maps and prints, published The Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West, Commonly Called the Jerseys in 1777. The map is often considered a revolutionary map, both for its detailed depiction of topography in the northern part of the state and its indication of the boundary lines made in 1743 demarcating “West Jersey” and “East Jersey.” The hand-colored map features an extraordinary number of city and town names throughout the colony. County boundaries, rivers, and roads are indicated, and relief is shown by hachures. A table of  “Astronomical Observations”  in the lower right gives the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of five locations—Philadelphia; Lewes, Delaware; “New York fort;” Sandy Hook light house; and Machacamach Fork—with both London and Philadelphia given as the prime meridian. Philadelphia is the prime meridian used on the map. A comparison of place names suggests that this map by Faden was a source for Abel Buell in his Map of United States of North America (1784), the first map published in the United States after independence. Faden published this map in his North American Atlas of 1777. It shows counties, towns and cities, houses, churches, the names of some inhabitants, mills, roads, bridges, ferries, waterfalls, and vegetation. It also shows bays, inlets, shoals, rocks, and channels along the coast, and anchorages in Delaware Bay. A note indicates: “This map has been drawn from the survey made in 1769 by order of the commissioners appointed to settle the partition Line between the provinces of New York & New Jersey by Bernard Ratzer, Lieut. in the 60th. Regt. and from another large survey of the Northern Parts in the possession of the Earl of Dunmore by Gerard Banker. The whole regulated and ascertained by Astronomical observations”

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William Faden, London


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1 map ; 78 x 57 centimeters


  1. John R. Sellers and Patricia Molen Van Ee, compilers, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789: A Guide to the Collections in the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1981).

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