Hundreds of maps were created of the New World in the 15th, 16th and 17th century. Some of them included New England..
The following 17th century maps are details from larger maps that contain detailed information in and around the Sowams.Heritage Area.
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The above map was drawn six years before the Mayflower arrived in 1620.
Note the reference to the Pokanoket Sagamore (Massasoit) in what is now Warren, RI before the first English settlements in 1643.
The “Horicans” likely refers to the Mohegans, a tribe in present-day Connecticut headed by Sagamore Uncas.
The word Wapanoos was first documented on Adriaen Block’s 1614 map, which was the earliest European representation of Native territory.
1675 Sellers Map detail
William Wallace Tooker translated Nahican as “the people of the point.” Tooker believed that the map label might have been an error by Block, who confused Nahican with the “Anglicized” name of the Narragansett who lived across the sound in Rhode Island (Tooker, 1911 The Thirteen Tribes of Long Island)
1677 George Foster’s Map of New England
This is the first map known to have been published in the English colonies of North America, and it is probably the first map published in the Western Hemisphere.
The Town of Swansey,established in 1677, appears for the first time on this map.