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Atlantic Neptune Part 2 – Item 11

coast new england
J.F.W. Des Barres, The Coast of New England, 1781
This chart of the Atlantic coast of New England from northern Maine to Narragansett Bay appeared in the third volume of The Atlantic Neptune. It was produced using the latest scientific technology available for marine surveying in the second half of the 18th century, resulting in a chart that remains remarkably accurate for being over two hundred years old. Produced from surveys executed under the supervision of Samuel Holland, this chart bears a striking resemblance to the modern United Kingdom Hydrographic Office chart of the same area.

 

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