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How to Use
the Map


Inquiry Question

Historical Context

Map 3




Table of

Locating the Site

Map 1: A plan of the city and environs
of Philadelphia, 1777.
[Graphic] Map 1 with link to higher quality map.
(Independence National Historical Park)

Map 2: Philadelphia. [Graphic] Map 2 with link to higher quality map.

Questions for Maps 1 & 2

1. Using Gloucester City, New Jersey as a point of reference on both maps, compare the size of Philadelphia today with the size of the city in the 18th century.

2. In 1777 citizens throughout the city could hear the State House bell announce meetings and important events. Do you think a bell could serve as a communication device in Philadelphia today?

* The maps on the screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Map 1 and Map 2, but be aware that each file may take as much as two minutes to load with a 28.8K modem.




Comments or Questions

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