A draught of Boston Harbor by Capt. Cyprian Southake

Author: Southack, Cyprian
Date: 1694
Location: Boston Harbor (Mass.)

Dimensions: 49 x 35 cm.
Scale: 1:63,360
Call Number: G3762.B65 1694 .S6x


Item is an 1884 manuscript copy of the original in the British Library.

The 1694 copy of Southack's original chart was made by Augustine Fitzhugh. Boston Public Library copy is an exact duplicate, with exception of title and north point, of Boston Harbor in New England, 1689(?), in the English Pilot (book IV).

Southack’s earliest known effort was a chart of Boston Harbor, probably drawn in the late 1680s but now lost. It remains available, however, through the derivative displayed here. This chart is an 1884 copy of an ornate manuscript made in 1694 by London draughtsman Augustine Fitzhugh. Though the cartography is crude, the chart is an important example of how the work of colonial mapmakers was circulated back in the home country.

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