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Atlantic Neptune Part 2 – Item 1

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George Grierson, A Chart of the Sea Coast of New Found Land, New Scotland, New York, New Jersey, with Virginia and Maryland and New England, 1749

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Published in 1749, George Grierson’s chart of the North American seacoast illustrates the type of nautical charts available to navigators in the Fourth Book of The English Pilot (London), which was the standard resource for mariners at the time. Grierson’s charts, published in Dublin, were copied from original examples in The English Pilot; however, they were flawed with numerous inaccuracies and were made with low quality materials. With the eventual production of the accurate and detailed charts in The Atlantic Neptune, navigators could sail to the colonies with a heightened sense of safety.