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Burgis
William Burgis. A South East View of Ye Great Town of Boston in New England in America, 1743
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
This monumental view depicts Boston as seen from Castle Island, today part of the South Boston waterfront. Burgis emphasizes the town’s “capacious” harbor, “pleasant” climate, fine civic architecture, and the importance of its economy to the British Empire. The view first appeared in 1725, but displayed here is a 1743 revision. The changes include the addition of “Cambridge Town & Colleges” at upper right, though Harvard faces the wrong way and appears to “float” above the landscape. The view was originally engraved in London, but the revisions were likely made by a local engraver.

 

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