The States of Maryland and Delaware
by John Reid, New York, c.1796

One of the earliest obtainable maps of Maryland and Delaware printed in America, this copper plate engraving on handmade paper shows counties, towns, roads, rivers, lakes, islands, creeks, mountain ranges, and an inset of the “continuation of the Potowmac River from Fort Cumberland.” Washington, Georgetown, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon are also included. Other points of interest include a “Cypress Swamp” straddling the southern Delaware border with Maryland. Today this is Trap Pond State Park, about four miles inside the Delaware border. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a saw mill, and is a popular attraction today.


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