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Early maps of Massachusetts Bay


John Smith was commissioned to survey the coastline north of New York in preparation for the settlement of another English colony. This map was used to guide the Pilgrims to Plymouth and also led John Winthrop to the Charles River in 1629.

John Smith's map of New England 1624

This map is also by John Speed, in 1635. He now marks the new settlements in Massachusetts Bay.

John Smith's map of New England 1635

This is a detail from the above map. You can see Boston, Roxberry, Dorchester, Charlestown, Salem, among others. Robert Deebel settled in Dorchester. His son Thomas Dible lived in Dorchester for a short time, but then moved to Windsor.

Detail of John Smith's map of New England 1635, showing Massachusetts Bay area