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Southack North America
Cyprian Southack. [A New Chart of the English Empire in North America], 1717
Courtesy John Carter Brown Library at Brown University
The threat from external foes was a frequent theme of Boston mapmaking. Here the danger is posed by the French, whose forts are shown in a vast arc from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Cape Breton Island. This map represents another milestone, as it was the first in the British Colonies to be printed from a copper plate. A great self-promoter, mapmaker Southack used dotted lines to show where he had “been Cruising in the Service of the Crown of Great Britain” and also advertised a “general chart” soon to be published.

 

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