Book ID: CBB277202775

The First Mapping of America: The General Survey of British North America (2017)


Johnson, Alexander (Author)

I. B. Tauris

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: xx; 331 pp.
Language: English

Britain's victory in the Seven Years War, just prior to the American Revolution, dramatically enlarged her North American empire. Eager to learn more of its economic and military potential, the British government commissioned an ambitious survey to provide an accurate map of the entire North American empire. Known as the General Survey of British North America, it ranks as one of the most impressive technical achievements of the period. The First Mapping of America tells the story of the Survey, of the spectacular maps and the extraordinary men who created them, and the battles they fought with Crown administrators, governors and wealthy speculators seeking to use the Survey for their own ends. Many maps have not appeared in print before. A vivid and compelling account and a work of outstanding scholarship.

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Authors & Contributors
Schleck, Julia
Burnett, Amy
Coope, Jessica
Jones, Jeannette
Burnett, D. Graham
Black, Jeremy
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Der Globusfreund: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Globen- und Instrumentenkunde
Renaissance Quarterly
Istoriko-Biologicheskie Issledovaniia
Cartographica Helvetica
Oxford University Press
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by University of North Carolina Press
Scarecrow Press
Random House
University of Georgia Press
Maps; atlases
Great Britain, colonies
Travel; exploration
Government sponsored science
Gilbert, Humphrey, Sir
Mitchell, John
Kogutowicz, Emanuel
Daly, Charles Patrick
Baudin, Nicolas
Flinders, Matthew
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
16th century
Early modern
North America
United States
Great Britain
London (England)
American Geographical Society

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