This is a detailed portion of a larger map of the area surrounding Valley Forge. It was drawn by William Parker in 1777 and is referred to as a “spy map.” It is believed that Parker was spying on George Washington's forces for the British. This detail depicts the area around the King of Prussia Inn, which at the time was also known as Berry's after the proprietor, James Berry.
The horizontal road on which the inn sits is now known as Route 202. The road dates as far back as the 1680s as evident by its notation on a map of that time demonstrating the Penn family's landholdings.
1. Inns and taverns are represented by triangles on the map. List three other taverns shown on the map.
2. Compare and contrast the locations of Barry's and the other inns you identified. What is similar about the inns' locations, and why might they be built there?
3. Closely examine the map and its key. List three places, objects, groups or landforms shown on the map besides taverns. Why might the British army be interested in this information?
* The map on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Map 1, but be aware that the file may take as much as 45 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.