New England Place names

[...] Although Smith used the Indian names in his Description of New England for places he observed or visited, they were altered on the map at the request of Charles I, then a boy fifteen years old. Charles substituted the names of Oxford, London, and Boston, for instance, with the modern towns of Sviute, Cohasset, and York, which had not yet been founded. Only three such designations survived the years of Pilgrim and Puritan place-naming: Plymouth, Cape Anna (Ann), and the River Charles. [...]

Source: Jonathan L. Fairbanks and Robert F. Trent, "New England Begins: The Seventeenth Century" (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1982), 22.

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