Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Unknown. British Dominions in America (c1770) 

Accession Number TP.2001.002.001


Map: “British Dominions in America…”



Artist/ cartographer: Unknown

Engraver: Thomas Kitchin

Printer/ publisher: Unknown



Laid paper, ink



England, London



c. 1770



Paper- 22” X 30 1/8”

Plate- 21 ¼” X 24 13/16”

Image- 20 5/8” X 24 ½”



Engraved map: A New and Accurate MAP of the BRITISH DOMINIONS in America according to the Treaty of 1763; Divided into the several Provinces and Jurisdictions Projected upon the best Authorities and Astronomical Observations By Thos KITCHIN Geographer.” [cartouche, lower right corner] 






Map illustrates the division of spoils after the 1763 Treaty at the end of the Seven Years War (known as the French and Indian War in America). Map covers the area from Newfoundland, Labrador and James Bay in Canada south to Florida and the Bahamas and west to beyond the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Location indicated for several Indian tribes. Areas west of the Mississippi River are described as “parts undiscovered,” “country full of mines,” and “extensive meadows full of Buffalo.”



Engraver Thomas Kitchin (1718-1784) was hydrographer to the Duke of York and later to King George III. As hydrographer, he studied, described and mapped bodies of water with reference to navigational and commercial uses.






Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:


Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: June 5, 2015