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Chickisalunga Rocks looking to the Southward

Description

Watercolor on paper drawing of "Chickisalunga Rocks looking to the Southward", 1802, from the Latrobe Sketchbooks, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. In 1801, Latrobe was appointed by the Pennsylvania governor to work with the Susquehanna Canal Company of Maryland to make improvements to the Lower Susquehanna River. He surveyed the river with a small crew from October-November of that year and presented his work to the governor in March 1802. Latrobe's team began the forty-mile survey project to Havre de Grace, Maryland from Columbia, Pennsylvania. To the north of the town is Chiques Creek, a thirty mile tributary that flows into the Susquehanna. At that time it was called Chiquesalunga, which is the Lenape Native American word for "place of the craw fish." Over time, this creek has had several variations and misspellings of the original name. This scene depicts the sheer cliff face where the two bodies of water meet on the eastern bank. Today, this is cliff is part of Chickies Rock Country Park.

Date

1802

Materials

Watercolor on paper

Dimensions

12.5 x 8 inches

Resource ID

4754

Notes

From Sketchbook 8

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.