Old Historical City, County and State
Maps of Rhode Island
Discover the past of Rhode Island through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 400 years of growth. View Rhode Island Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, as well as old vintage maps.
Any old historical map of Rhode Island can be very useful in conducting research, especially in light of the now extinct communities. Several kinds of maps are available which can help in locating land, ghost towns, or farms. Most historical maps of Rhode Island were published in atlases.
Old Rhode Island Maps can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time. This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records. Several types of maps are useful for genealogists.
Tracing the history of early families in Rhode Island is much easier if the researcher has an understanding of the types Rhode Island gazetteers and maps.
The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was established in 1636. It was Chartered as an English colony in 1644. The Colony of Rhode Island was Disestablished in 1776. The State of Rhode Island was admitted the union as the 13th state on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island currently has 5 Counties.
States bordering Rhode Island are Connecticut and Massachusetts. The 10 largest cities in Rhode Island are Providence (Capital), Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport and Central Falls.
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Rhode Island
This Historical Rhode Island Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Rhode Island as our ancestors saw them over a 300 years ago.
Some Rhode Island map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Rhode Island researcher.
- 1776 Southern Map of the most Inhabited part of New England, containing the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, with the Colonies of Connecticut And Rhode Island, Divided into Counties and Townships – By Thos. Jefferys. Southern part of map in two sheets. In outline color. Cartouche includes large drawing of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock. The Whole composed from Actual Surveys and its Situation adjusted by Astronomical Observations with a Plan of Boston Harbor from an Accurate Survey. November 29th 1774. (Southern section)
- 1795 State Map of Rhode Island from the Latest Surveys – Nice example of John Reid’s map of Rhode Island, the second folio map of the state to appear in a commercial atlas. The map is drawn largely from Caleb Harris’ map, which is generally regarded as the earliest printed map of Rhode Island and the first map printed in the state. It shows counties, townships, towns, roads, rivers, lakes, islands a town plan for Newport, compass rose, etc. Part of Block Island is also shown. An essential map of Rhode Island collectors.
- 1804 Atlas Map of Rhode Island – Compiled from the Surveys and Observations of Caleb Harris. Drawn by Arrowsmith and Lewis. From “A new and elegant general atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.”
- 1814 State Map of Rhode Island compiled from the Surveys and Observations of Caleb Harris – A state map of Rhode Island with the county Providence outlined and labeled, as well as the municipalities of Gloucester, Smithfield, Foster, Scituate, Cranston, Warwick, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Exeter, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Tivertown, Little Compton, Richmond, Hopkintown, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Westerly.Important early map of Rhode Island, from Carey’s American Atlas, one of the earliest separate maps of Rhode Island printed in the US. Includes towns, travel routes, topographical detail and waterways shown.
- 1822 Geographical, Statistical and Historical Map of Rhode Island – Rich full-color example, from the first edition of Carey & Lea’s Atlas. Includes wonderful contemporary details concerning the topography, indigenous lands, rivers, climate, towns, manufacturing, commerce, education, history, population by county, and other information. Roads, towns, rivers, and forts included on map. Flags indicate several “places remarkable for battles and sieges”.
- 1827 Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
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Map of Rhode Island County Formations 1643-1963
This Interactive Map of Rhode Island Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1643 to 1963.
Rhode Island contains 5 counties.
The last county to be formed was Kent County in 1750.