"New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company. A Map of the Company's Tract of Land in the Province of New Brunswick", Cross, Joseph
Subject: New Brunswick, Canada
Period: 1834 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
26.8 x 22.3 inches
68.1 x 56.6 cm
This map of New Brunswick doubles as an advertisement for lands held by the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company. Organized in 1831, the company was one of major land companies driving emigration and development in Canada in the 1830s and 40s. These land companies purchased land from the Crown for relatively low prices and developed infrastructure for settlements before reselling the land to new settlers. The map depicts the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company's tract of land in York County (here outlined in pink), more than 500,000 acres in all. It extends from the St. John River to the Gulf of Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy, showing surrounding counties and the network of rivers that contribute to the tract's "finely water'd" soil. As the copy at bottom left states, "The Lands are neither mountainous nor hilly, but moderately undulating; and the soil in the valleys, and on the Tract generally, cannot be excelled in richness by any in the World." Published by Joseph Cross in London.
Issued folding and backed in linen to repair several fold separations and edge tears. There is light soiling and a small stain in the text at bottom left.