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Views of Political Geography in the Seven Years’ War: Military Artists’ Prints and British Consumers

On 20 February 1763, only days after the formal conclusion of the Seven Years’ War (1756–63), the London engraver and geographer Thomas Jefferys published a large advertisement in Lloyd’s Evening Post. Although Jefferys typically published several advertisements every year, in many different papers, this one was special: unusually long, it declared that he had published a series of ‘American Views neatly engraved from Drawings taken on the Spot by several officers of the British [sic] Navy and Army’, and in addition, it listed over two dozen maps and plans which represented sites in North America and the West Indies.