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|Robert Sayer and John Bennett, A general map of the northern British Colonies in America which comprehends the province of Quebec, the government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England and New-York, 1776.
|Published by a prominent London firm, this map illustrates the extent of the British colonies in northern North America at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Britain was keenly interested in maintaining control of this region because the exportation of furs and cod fish generated sizable income for merchants back in England. Profitable natural resources were abundant in Canada, as suggested by the placement of a North American beaver atop the cartouche, and the detailed depiction of the fishing banks off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.|