Old Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island by H. S. Tanner, 1836: Boston, Worcester, Providence, Springfield, Cambridge
Old Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island by H. S. Tanner, 1836: Boston, Worcester, Providence, Springfield, Cambridge

Old Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island by H. S. Tanner, 1836: Boston, Worcester, Providence, Springfield, Cambridge

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Embark on a captivating historical journey with this high-end, meticulously crafted 1836 map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island by renowned cartographer H. S. Tanner. This beautiful piece captures an era before many major modern cities even existed or when they were known by different names, offering a rare insight into the past. The map remarkably details the geography and boundaries of the region, along with charmingly accurate renderings of towns, cities, and settlements established before 1820. An attractive inset, providing a detailed view of Boston, further enhances the map’s overall allure.

With Tanner's map, you're not just owning an antiquated artifact; you're owning a tangible slice of New England's history. Its beauty lies not only in the aesthetic representation of the geographical layout but also in the intricate narratives each marked settlement carries. This unique piece of cartography allows you to navigate the progression of the region, and consequently, the evolution of American history itself.

Settlements in Massachusetts (by modern-day population size)

  • Boston (1630) - Known as the Cradle of Liberty, it's the capital and largest city of Massachusetts. Key role in the American Revolution.
  • Worcester (1673) - The "Heart of the Commonwealth", known for its manufacturing industry.
  • Springfield (1636) - Known as the Birthplace of Basketball and location of the first American armory.
  • Cambridge (1630) - Renowned for housing Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S.
  • Lowell (1653) - It spearheaded the American Industrial Revolution with its textile mills.
  • Brockton (1649) - Known as the "City of Champions" due to its successful boxers.
  • New Bedford (1640) - Once the whaling capital of the world.
  • Quincy (1625) - Known as the "City of Presidents" for being the birthplace of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
  • Lynn (1629) - Noted for its shoe industry in the 19th century.
  • Fall River (1656) - Known for its important role in the American cotton industry during the 19th century.
  • Salem (1626) - Famous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • Somerville (1630) - Known for its diverse population and vibrant arts scene.
  • Plymouth (1620) - The site of the first Pilgrim settlement, famous for Plymouth Rock.
  • Medford (1630) - Famous for the creation of the popular Christmas song, "Jingle Bells".
  • Gloucester (1623) - America's oldest seaport.

Settlements in Rhode Island (by modern-day population size)

  • Providence (1636) - The capital of Rhode Island, known for its jewelry and silverware industry.
  • Warwick (1642) - Site of the Gaspee Affair, one of the earliest acts of rebellion against British rule.
  • Cranston (1642) - Noted for its textile mills in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Pawtucket (1671) - Location of Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
  • East Providence (1641) - Known for its diverse community and coastline along the Seekonk River.
  • Woonsocket (1666) - A prominent center for the textile industry during the 19th century.
  • Coventry (1639) - Known for its historic villages and mills.
  • Cumberland (1747) - Home to the historic Blackstone River Valley.
  • North Providence (1636) - Known for its historic farms and mills.
  • West Warwick (1642) - The youngest town in Rhode Island, incorporated in 1913 from Warwick.

Notable natural and historical landmarks

  • Cape Cod: A popular tourist destination known for its beaches, lighthouses, and seafood.
  • Plymouth Rock: The traditional site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620.
  • Mystic River: Known for its historical seaport and maritime museum.
  • Blackstone River Valley: Birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution.
  • Quabbin Reservoir: One of the largest man-made public water supplies in the United States.

Historical Events (1810-1830)

  • War of 1812 (1812-1815): Although largely fought on the frontiers, this war had economic and political impacts in the region.
  • Industrialization: Many towns in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island began transitioning to manufacturing centers, shaping their future significantly.
  • The Missouri Compromise (1820): Although this event didn't take place in the region, it had a profound impact on the political landscape of the entire country, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 24x36in (61x91.5cm), 30x40in (76x101.5cm), 37x50in (94x127cm), 45x60in (114x152.5cm) and 52x70in (132x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 100in (254cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of USA and North America maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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