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Maps and GPS help historians retrace a historic route

Guided by a 1914 article by Harvard University professor John Kennedy Lacock, and using old maps, journals and GPS technology, Bantz, a historian has painstakingly plotted most of the 58 kilometres of Braddock’s Road in western Maryland in the U.S.A. He said there are 29 kilometres of undisturbed road in Maryland, almost all on private land, while just a few traces exist in Pennsylvania.

Two hundred and fifty years ago, British and colonial American troops hacked through almost 200 kilometres of Maryland and Pennsylvania wilderness en route to a resounding defeat by the French near what is now Pittsburgh. Today, their route known as Braddock’s road is barely recognizable. But Braddock’s Road is being walked again this spring and summer as historians mark the 250th anniversary of one of the early battles of the French and Indian War.