The detail shown below is from an engraving of a much larger map of the northern colonies made by British cartographer and engraver Thomas Kitchen in 1755. It conveys a sense of the huge geographical dimensions of Albany County at its largest - from New England (or the Connecticut River) to the Indian Country and from Kingston to Canada!
The area shown points out the principal settlements, waterways, roads, and also pertainent natural features such as "The Bar" - a sandbar in the Hudson that tested the skill of eighteenth century Hudson River navigators.
Detail from a work entitled "A Map of the Eastern Part of the Province of New York; with Part of New Jersey. &c." It was first printed in the London Magazine in September 1756. We have digitized the image from a print in Colonial Albany Project Graphics Archive. The map has been printed in many books and also can be seen online.
Thomas Kitchen: (1718-84) London-based cartographer and engraver of maps of England, greater Europe, and parts of the British Empire. At one time, the prolific Kitchen held the titles "Senior Hydrographer to His Majesty" and "Senior Engraver to His Royal Highness the Duke of York." Sometimes spelled "Kitchin" and sometimes worked with his son, Thomas Jr. Many of his works and some biographical information is available online.
first posted: 4/18/00; last revised 1/20/02