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Turner
James Turner. This Map of the Coasts of Nova-Scotia and Parts Adjacent …, [1750]
Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
*The above image is of a later state published in Philadelphia
This map documents the founding of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1749. The new settlement was intended to counter French Louisbourg and became the main British naval base in North America. Most Boston maps of the colonial era were highly original creations, presenting new and detailed information available only to those “on the ground.” Here, however, Turner produced a composite from maps that had originally appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine, published in London. He also introduced a tiny view of Boston, highlighting the connection between its security and that of Halifax.

 

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