'For Arts & Commerce Promoted:' The West Indian Influence in the Development of British Cartography 1750-1800.Sacks, Benjamin James.
At the beginning of the eighteenth-century British navigators, surveyors, and officials were largely forced to rely on French and Dutch maps or inferior English charts. The lack of a cohesive and professional domestic cartography industry was problematic, in particular, for British shipping. Mapping errors resulted in the incalculable loss of ships, men, and cargo. After circa 1759, however, mapma... read more