Inside Bennington Museum's collection: A map of the province of New York

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When the map was created, ownership of the area that is now Vermont was hotly disputed between the colonies of New York and New Hampshire. The map shows what Vermont might have looked like if New York had been successful in its claims. Instead of depicting the grants issued by New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth, which became the basis for most of Vermont's current towns, it depicts patents issued largely by New York up until about 1772. Unlike Wentworth's regularly-sized grants, these patents included irregularly sized plots, including large, town-sized tracts of land and smaller tracts, issued to individuals, mostly veterans of the French and Indian War.

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