Discovering the mysteries of history can be guided by primary sources. A map such as the Wheeler map, presented below, is one such primary source. It reveals aspects of the story of the Black Loyalist migration to New Brunswick from a different perspective.
The Wheeler map was drawn by a surveyor in the 1780s for land located in Westfield. A Black Loyalist by the name of Richard Wheeler petitioned for the land on behalf of himself and a group of Black Loyalist families. Maps were required to represent details of the land requested as part of the petitioning process.
Try your best to determine where this land is located in New Brunswick. Use the map analysis worksheet to conduct your investigation.
The List of New Brunswick Places website provides a list of locations in New Brunswick. Use the website to find Westfield then view the area using the site's map tools.
Confirm your findings with a contemporary map of the Westfield region.
Browse the petitions below to uncover more details about Richard Wheeler's story and the land for which he petitioned.
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