17th Century Sowams Heritage Area Maps

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.

Click on any of the maps below for a larger image. Click on the link next to it for a copy of the entire map.

  Willem Blaeu’s drawing of Adrian Block’s 1614 survey

The above map was drawn six years before the Mayflower arrived in 1620.

  William Wood’s map of the South Part of New England, published in 1634

Note the reference to the Pokanoket Sagamore (Massasoit) in what is now Warren, RI before the first English settlements in 1643.

  1635 William Bleau map of New England

The “Horicans” likely refers to the Mohegans, a tribe in present-day Connecticut headed by Sagamore Uncas.

 1651 Jansson map of New England

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

  1676 John Speed Map of New England

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

  1677 Foster Map of New England detail

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.

  1685 Schenk-Vissher Map of New England

 1695 Mortier Map of New England

The Town of Swansey,established in 1677, appears for the first time on this map.

1720 Neal Map detail