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A chart of the Island of Cape Breton

Author: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Publisher: Des Barres, Joseph F.W.
Date: 1781
Location: Cape Breton Island (N.S.), Nova Scotia

Dimensions: 69 x 57 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:275,000]
Call Number: G1106.P5 D47 1777

 
DESCRIPTION

Samuel Holland’s topographic surveys and Des Barres’ hydrographic soundings appear on this chart of Cape Breton Island, which was included in The Atlantic Neptune. Since the British knew relatively little about the interior of the island, surveying proved to be more difficult for Holland than on St. John’s Island. The northwest region of the island was simply referred to as “Hunting Country.” As on St. John Island, Holland divided the land and named places in a similar manner. However, because English royal names never became part of the local vernacular, these place names reverted to French, or were named anew by subsequent Scottish settlers.

Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune. London : J.F.W. Des Barres, 1777-[1781].

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