A Plan of the Town and Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga, 1758


Thomas Jefferys was one of the foremost cartographers and maps sellers of his era. In 1760, he became the geographer to King George III. Amongst his works are important maps of America, including Virginia and New Hampshire, made prior to the French and Indian War. His map of the fort and town of Carillon (Ticonderoga) includes not only the fort and surrounding village, but the unsuccessful English assaults of July 8, 1758. It appeared, along with other maps of forts, cities, and battlefields of the French and Indian War in a Volume entitled A General Topography of North America and the West Indies published first in 1768.

The hand tinted colors on the map are for more than just decoration. Red ink was typically used in military cartography to identify masonry structures. The map indicates a great number of substantial stone and brick buildings built by the French between 1756 and 1758. An article in The Bulletin of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum from 1950 claimed that Jefferys had been a spy when the map was made; in reality Jefferys may have copied an earlier French map as he never left Europe. 

Poster is 17" x 21"

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