The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America Paperback – May 11, 2013
About the Course
In the dust-up following the Stamp Act of 1765, British Army officer & cartographer Bernard Ratzer set his now legendary talents in motion to create what is widely considered the finest map of an American city ever produced in the eighteenth century.
It's more than a bit ironic that a work of such beauty and detail, would later prove instrumental in the British capture of Manhattan which would thereafter serve as the Crown's base of operations during the entire Revolutionary War.
And if you look very closely, the road running north and then northeast out of "town" is labelled "The Road to King’s Bridge" -- but follow that a little further north and you will see the addendum, "or Boston" - because that is exactly where it went - and would thereby evolve into "The Boston Post Road."
And for the rest of the story, join me and my guest, the remarkable author Eric Jaffe, to talk about one of my favorite books of all time, "The King's Best Highway," Friday, Nov 25 on Island Voices.