A New and Accurate Map of Ireland

Copperplate engraved map of Ireland published shortly after the outbreak of the American Revolution.

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Description

“Luckily for America’s fortunes, the height of Irish immigration to America reached its peak during the first half of the decade of the 1770s to set the stage for the dramatic bolstering of the ranks of a new generation of highly motivated fighting men for America. A large percentage of Irish and Scotch-Irish common soldiers along with officers, including Washington’s top generals, served as the reliable backbone of America’s resistance effort, especially in Washington’s Army, from beginning to end.” – Salon.

This lovely map of Ireland was published in London by Thomas Bowen in 1778. Just two years prior, the outbreak of the Revolution in America provided a convenient outlet for the anti-British sentiments felt by many Irish during the late 18th century.

The four provinces (Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, and Munster) are further divided into counties, boldly highlighted with original hand color. Topography is depicted pictorially and an interesting variety of place names are labeled within the image.

Source: Salon; Ireland and the American Revolution;

Map Details

Publication Date: 1778

Author: Thomas Bowen

Sheet Width (in): 9.2

Sheet Height (in): 14.1

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Moderate wear visible along the outer edges of the sheet, including toning, spotting, rough edges, and a few small chips and tears. The image is in very good condition, showing only a few faint spots and featuring attractive hand color.

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