Surveyors of the Empire: Samuel Holland. J.F. W. Des Barres, and the Making of The Atlantic Neptune by Stephen J. Hornsby

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Surveyors of the Empire: Samuel Holland. J.F. W. Des Barres, and the Making of The Atlantic Neptune by Stephen J. Hornsby
with the cartography of Hope Stege

8vo. pp. xvii,269. profusely illustrated. bibliography. index. boards. dw. (NEW, abrasion to dust wrapper). Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, [2011].

Carlton Library Series 221.

NEW.

ISBN-13: 9780773538153

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Colonial surveys were essential to the exercise of British imperial power in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Surveyors of Empire is the first full account of how the British survey system was developed during mapping expeditions along the Atlantic Coast of North American from 1764 to 1775. Well before James Cook explored the Pacific, British army engineers had set the standard for coastal surveying and topographic mapping. Their exacting work culminated in The Atlantic Neptune, a four-volume hydrographic atlas that stands as a monument to European Enlightenment science.