Map of the Middle British Colonies in America
Title: A General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America: Viz. Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pensilvania, New-Jersey, New-York, Connecticut, and Rhode-Island
Creator: Thomas Jefferys (d. 1771)
Shows the British colonies from Virginia north to New York, and extends west to present day Indiana and Kentucky, and is primarily concerned with providing information to the viewer about the lands to the west of the British colonies. The map includes numerous notes, especially concerning inland water communications and natural resources, as well as the locations and nature of various Native American tribes. The map is also notable for its political commentary directed against France and at the same time encouraging the British king to retain interest in the lands west of the original colonies:
"Were there nothing at Stake between the Crown of Great Britain and France but the Lands on the Ohio, we may reckon it as great a Prize as has ever been contended for between two Nations. ...It is impossible to conceive that had his Majesty been made acquainted with its Value and great Importance, the large Strides the French have been making for several Years past in their Incroachments on his Dominions, that his Majesty would sacrifice one of the best Gems in his Crown to their Usurpation and boundless Ambition."
About Sizes & Borders
Where possible, we try to offer print sizes that match modern standard size frames, but since many antique maps were printed with different proportions than modern standard sizes, this is not always possible. The most common standard size frames are 8"x10", 11"x14", and 16"x20". These sizes are widely available in any store that sells frames. Less common standard sizes are 8"x8", 8"x12", 9"x12", 10"x15", 12"x12", 12"x16", 12"x18", and 16"x16". These sizes are available in most well-stocked stores that sell frames.
If you purchase a print that is not one of these standard sizes, you will most likely have to go to a frame shop to purchase a custom frame, or use one of the many online custom frame vendors.
For each size this map is offered in, you can purchase a print with either the 'no borders' or the 'plus 1/2" borders' option.
For prints with the 'no borders' option, the size listed will be the exact size of the printed area as well as the exact size of the paper. For example, a size of 11"x14" (no borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will also be 11"x14". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame without a mat.
For prints with the 'plus 1/2" borders' option, an additional 1/2" blank border will be added to each side. For example, a size of 11"x14" (plus 1/2" borders) means the exact size of the printed area will be 11"x14" and the exact size of the paper will be 12"x15". This is a good option if you plan to frame the print in a frame with a mat so there is overlap between the mat and the print.
We love to customize! In most cases we can make this map available in sizes different than those listed above or with different borders. Please contact us before you place your order to see if the customization you have in mind is possible. Please also note that we generally do not accept returns for products with customizations. See our returns policy for more information.