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This map is a reduced version of Reverend F. C. Ewers' map of Nantucket. This variant was issued by the Old Colony Rail line in various formats from roughly 1869 to 1889. Covers the island of Nantucket, focusing on transportation and communities. Advertises the “Old Colony Line” as the “Shortest, Quickest, Best, and Only Direct Route between Boston or New York and Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard.” Also notes Native American claims to the Island. Features three columns of text breaking down the history of Nantucket from its discovery by Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602 to the laying of the first communications cables between Nantucket and the mainland in 1886.