Cyprian Southack first published this enormous chart in book form between 1729 and 1734 as The New England Coasting Pilot. This is a later version, with additions including inset charts of Boston Bay, Casco Bay, and New York Harbor. The chart bears many autobiographical notes, such as Southack’s 1717 voyage to Wellfleet to salvage the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. A contemporary writer dismissed the chart as “one continued error, and … of pernicious consequence in trade and navigation.” Yet it remains a monument of colonial mapmaking, being vastly more informative than any earlier effort to map New England’s coast.
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