This cartoon first appeared in the Boston Centinel newspaper in 1812. It traces the outline of the newly-drawn congressional districts in Massachussetts, stylized with wings and a beak to make it appear almost dragon-like. Meant to mock the shaping of congressional districts for ulterior political motive, this cartoon coined the word "gerrymander," a reference to the Governor of Massachusetts (Elbridge Gerry) and the salamander-like shape of the district.