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London. Bird's-eye view of London in the 1740s or 1750s. Shows London Bridge and the Thames River with nautical craft in the foreground. Title on a ribbon flanked by the arms of the king and of the city.We Are One: Twenty times the size of colonial Boston, London led the world in commercial trade, manufacturing, and finance. The River Thames flows through the city center. Ships brought commercial goods from around the world, including tobacco, rice, indigo and cotton from America. The city inspired wonder, as conveyed in this engraving published by a printer from Augsburg, Germany. It was translated into English and Latin for an international audience. The focal point is St. Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1711. The legend identifies 70 prominent buildings and landmarks, including the Royal Exchange, where colonial merchants regularly met to conduct business. Creator/Contributor: Probst, Georg Balthasar; F. I. S. Date: 1770–1789. Sourced from Digital Commonwealth website.

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