J.F.W. Des Barres's Great Folly
In 1776 J. F. W. Des Barres produced his first ever 'political' context map which represented a significant shift from his purely 'topographical' work seen in his production of the Atlantic Neptune up until this point. This is a hitherto unpublished and ultimately abandoned plan of the campaign for control of New York in 1776, from August through until November, showing British and American troop positions. This is the story of that map, in its three manifestations and Des Barres' reason for change.