Contest for Land – Item 2 of 3

Thomas Johnston. A True Coppy from an Ancient Plan of E. Hutchinson’s Esqgr…, [1753]
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
This broadside was published by the Brunswick Proprietors to defend their title to a vast area extending inland from Casco Bay. Their claim was being challenged by the Plymouth Company, which declared that its own grant along the Kennebec River extended all the way to the Bay and thereby superseded the Proprietors’ claim. The complex dispute hinged on obscure questions of place names and was not fully resolved for several decades. Note the captions above the native figures at lower right, which suggest a moral equivalence between the Brunswick Proprietors and Native Americans dispossessed of their land.


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