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Map of the District of Maine / Osgood Carleton 1799

Detail: Town Distances

Carleton's map indicated each town's distance from Boston and from the local Shire Town. Boston was the capital of Massachusetts, of which Maine was a district from 1652 to 1820. Of British origin, a shire was a local polity similar to a county. The Shire Town was the principle town of the shire, similar to the County Seat.

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