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University of Michigan library acquires 1790 map of Detroit

Associated Press Associated Press 28/09/2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A hand-drawn, late 18th-century map of Detroit has joined a trove of historical artifacts from the city and America.

The University of Michigan's Clements Library now holds the map that's been authenticated by experts as an original. "Rough sketch of the King's Domain at Detroit" was signed by its author, D.W. Smith, in 1790.

Brian Dunnigan, the library's associate director and map curator, calls it a "special find" in a Tuesday release. The map was produced about six years before the British evacuated Detroit, making way for U.S. troops.

An exhibition featuring the map, discovered in a home in Almonte, Ontario, is planned for next year.

The library has at least one other Detroit work by Smith, a British Army captain, and numerous documents from early Detroit.

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