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Washington in Embryo Map 1792

Washington in Embryo Map 1792

Artist
Norris-Peters Company
Date of Work
1874
Medium
Lithograph
Credit
Library of Congress

Washington in Embryo Map 1792

This lithograph is a survey of Washington D.C. created in 1792 and then reprinted in 1893 by the Norris-Peters Company. The sketch shows the areas of the District and who owned the land prior to the development of the capitol city. Edward Pierce owned apple orchards and tobacco plantations on the area that now is the North Grounds. He quickly sold out to Samuel Davidson, a Georgetown land speculator, who resold the parcel to the government. The South Grounds was owned by a tobacco farmer named David Burns.

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