Old Map of New Jersey by J. H. Colton, 1855: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden
Old Map of New Jersey by J. H. Colton, 1855: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden
Old Map of New Jersey by J. H. Colton, 1855: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden

Old Map of New Jersey by J. H. Colton, 1855: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the United States with this exquisite 1855 map of New Jersey, crafted by the renowned mapmaker J. H. Colton. This piece is a testament to the early days of American cartography, capturing the Garden State in a time when many of its settlements were still in their infancy. The map showcases the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that have solidified Colton's reputation as one of the finest American mapmakers of his era.

This map offers a fascinating snapshot of New Jersey in the mid-19th century, a period when the United States was still in its early stages of development. Many of the settlements that we know today had not yet been founded, and the names and borders that are familiar to us now have undergone significant changes over the past 150 years. This makes the map not only a beautiful piece of art, but also a valuable historical document that provides insight into the evolution of the American landscape.

The map features the five most notable settlements in New Jersey in 1855: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Camden. Each of these cities has its own unique history and played a significant role in shaping the state as we know it today. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of maps, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this map is sure to captivate your interest and spark your curiosity about the past.

Dive into the rich tapestry of American history with this exceptional piece. It's more than just a map - it's a journey back in time, a window into a bygone era, and a testament to the skill and artistry of one of America's finest mapmakers. Add this stunning piece to your collection and let it serve as a constant reminder of the ever-changing nature of our world and the enduring beauty of the art of cartography.

Notable Settlements in New Jersey

  1. Newark (1666): Originally founded by Puritans from Connecticut, Newark is the most populous city in New Jersey. It was known as "New Ark" or "New Work" in its early years.
  2. Jersey City (1660): Originally settled by the Dutch, it was known as Paulus Hook before becoming Jersey City. It played a significant role in the Revolutionary War.
  3. Paterson (1792): Known as the "Silk City" for its dominant role in silk production during the 19th century.
  4. Trenton (1719): The state capital, it was the site of the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
  5. Camden (1828): A significant industrial city during the 19th century, it was the home of the first phonograph records.
  6. Elizabeth (1664): Originally called Elizabethtown, it was the first capital of New Jersey.
  7. New Brunswick (1730): Home to Rutgers University, the eighth-oldest college in the United States.
  8. Hackensack (1665): Originally a Dutch settlement known as New Barbadoes.
  9. Morristown (1715): Known as the "military capital of the American Revolution."
  10. Princeton (1683): Home to Princeton University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the U.S.
  11. Atlantic City (1854): Known for its boardwalk and as the inspiration for the game Monopoly.
  12. Hoboken (1804): Known as the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra.
  13. Cape May (1620): Known for its Victorian architecture and as a popular seaside resort.
  14. Salem (1675): One of the first Quaker colonies in America.
  15. Burlington (1677): A historic city known for its role in the Underground Railroad.
  16. Red Bank (1736): Known for its cultural scene and vibrant downtown.
  17. Lambertville (1705): Known for its Victorian homes and antique shops.
  18. Haddonfield (1701): The site where the first nearly-complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered.
  19. Freehold (1693): The site of the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War.
  20. Perth Amboy (1683): Known as the "City by the Bay," it was the capital of East Jersey under the proprietary government.

Native American Tribes in New Jersey

  • Lenape: The original inhabitants of New Jersey, also known as the Delaware Indians.
  • Susquehannock: A tribe from the Susquehanna River region that had a presence in New Jersey.
  • Nanticoke: A tribe that lived in the southern part of New Jersey.

Notable Natural Features

  • Delaware River: Forms the western boundary of New Jersey and is a popular spot for recreational activities.
  • Hudson River: Forms the northeastern boundary of New Jersey and offers stunning views of the New York City skyline.
  • Palisades: A line of steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River.
  • Pine Barrens: A unique natural area known for its sandy soil and dense forests.
  • Great Falls of Paterson: One of the largest waterfalls in the U.S. and a National Historic Park.

Historical Events (1810-1855)

  • War of 1812 (1812-1815): Although no battles were fought in New Jersey, the state's militias were active in the defense of the region.
  • Camden and Amboy Railroad (1830): The first railroad in New Jersey, it revolutionized transportation in the state.
  • Morse Telegraph (1844): The first telegraph line in the U.S. was installed between Washington, D.C., and New York City, passing through New Jersey.
  • New Jersey State Constitution (1844): The state's second constitution was adopted, granting the right to vote to all white males.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of USA and North America maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2-3cm (0.75in to 1in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

See some examples of my framed maps and framed canvas maps.

A few different frame colours are available for free (black, brown, white and natural). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised and custom made maps take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I have specialist printing and framing facilities in 17 countries around the world. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

I can also make maps on canvas, cotton rag and other exotic materials.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

The options are almost infinite. Please see my map personalisation page for some wonderful examples of what's possible.

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Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 1,500 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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