In the 1850's New England railroads were gaining much attention, as farmers and manufacturers of the region were realizing new hopes and possibilities.
Before the railroads, farmers of New England were largely producing crops for local use and not marketing to the larger markets at New York or Boston much at all. Manufactured goods, such as furniture, tools, textiles and soaps, were mainly sold to local markets. With the added New England railroads of the mid-1800's, manufacturers and farmers were able to easily ship goods to most other parts of the country.
With new farming areas in the western states now competing with New England farmers for production of staples, New England farmers began concentrating on cultivating products used in the making of local manufactures including potash, charcoal, and pearlash.
Tobacco began to be grown vigorously in New England during this time.
This ornately bordered work features portions of Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and eastern Canada within two maps.
One map is the Railroad Map of the Eastern States and the other is titled Plan of the New England States, on an enlarged scale.
The maps indicate relief, drainage, cities and towns, and the railroad network. Included is a chart showing the New England railroads of 1856.
The inset illustration portrays Niagara Falls, Canada side.