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Library of Congress displays 1st US map in exhibit

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 1:15 pm

The first map of the United States to be compiled, printed and published in America when the nation was newly independent is going on display at the Library of Congress.

The new long-term exhibit, "Mapping a New Nation," showcases Abel Buell's map of the U.S. from 1784 in the library's Jefferson Building. Also on display are four early maps of North America that were created between 1755 and 1778. The library says Buell likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map.

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