DOWNTOWN HISTORY

Following an Ancient Trail

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HOLLAND LAND COMPANY

Click to enlarge. Holland Land Company Map, 1804

The above image is a portion of the 1800-1804 Map by Joseph & B. Ellicott of the lands granted by Robert Morris to the Holland Land Company. It is part of the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, a large collection of online antique, rare, old, and historical maps, atlases, globes, charts, and other cartographic items.

Below is text from the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection regarding this map:

“1st edition was 1800. Vail says this was the 'Most important map of the Holland Land Company, published for the promotion of sale of their Western New York lands.' Nestler calls it 'Probably the most important map of western NY when Buffalo was still known as New Amsterdam, and when land companies were luring settlers to this new frontier.' The map is highly detailed, showing every tributary of every tributary of every stream. All the township and range lines are laid down, every town located, all reservations shown and all roads indicated. One has the impression that the ground was expertly surveyed with care and diligence. The Holland land holding comprised well over three million acres, not a modest subdivision! Ellicott was the company's agent at Batavia for many years. Map is without color.”

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