The United States According to the Definitive Treaty of Peace Signed at Paris, September 3, 1783


On August 9, 1783, Philadelphia mapmaker William McMurray placed an advertisement in the Pennsylvania Packet, a Philadelphia newspaper, for a map entitled The United States According to the Definitive Treaty of Peace. McMurray solicited money for the publication of his map by issuing subscriptions. Once a sufficient number of subscriptions were sold, McMurray planned to have his map engraved and printed. The subscriptions were for three-and-a-half dollars: one-and-a-half dollars paid up front, with the remaining two dollars due upon delivery of the map. Unfortunately, orders came slowly and the map was not published until December 1784. This was almost nine months after Abel Buell published his New and Correct Map of the United States of North America, making the map by McMurray the second map printed in the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris. This map includes the names and boundaries of the original thirteen states in accordance with the 1783 treaty and also delineates, using colored lines, the boundaries for ten additional unnamed states northwest of the Ohio River. This was in accordance with the Ordinance of 1784, enacted by Congress on April 23 of that year, which called for the territories west of the Appalachian Mountains, north of the Ohio, and east of the Mississippi to be divided into several separate states. The map is hand-colored and relief is shown pictorially. Philadelphia is the prime meridian. An inset map in the lower right on a smaller scale shows the entire continent of North America.

Last updated: March 3, 2016