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Plan of the River Delaware from Chester to Philadelphia with the situation of His Majesty's Ships on the 15th Novr. 1777
A Beautiful and historic hand-drawn survey of the Delaware River and American fortifications before the battle for Philidelphia in 1777
|Size Of Original:||w 17" x h 41.5"|
|Paper Type||Innova Smooth Cotton 315gsm|
This is a hand-drawn plan of the River Delaware by Lieutenant John Hunter. It shows the position of British naval force and the American defences, as of the 15th November 1777. This plan was later taken by J.F.W. Des Barres for inclusion in the second edition of the Atlantic Neptune Atlas (1780, vol 4), as the upper section of his split-plan for the navigation of the river (see Heritage Charts A305). This beautiful plan shows the river from Chester up to Philadelphia.
The detail presented here by Hunter is simply astonishing. He made the survey in November 1777 just after the British had occupied Philadelphia. This section of the river was of great significance to both the Americans and the British as it gets closer to Philadelphia, which was then the largest city in America and, temporarily, the fledgling nation's Capital.