Old Naval Chart from Cape Cod to Newfoundland by Seller, 1674: New England, Nova Scotia, Avalon Peninsula
Old Naval Chart from Cape Cod to Newfoundland by Seller, 1674: New England, Nova Scotia, Avalon Peninsula
Old Naval Chart from Cape Cod to Newfoundland by Seller, 1674: New England, Nova Scotia, Avalon Peninsula
Old Naval Chart from Cape Cod to Newfoundland by Seller, 1674: New England, Nova Scotia, Avalon Peninsula

Old Naval Chart from Cape Cod to Newfoundland by Seller, 1674: New England, Nova Scotia, Avalon Peninsula

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Our first gaze falls upon 'A Chart of the Coast of America from New found Land to Cape Cod' by the esteemed cartographers John Seller, John Colson, William Fisher, James Atkinson, and John Thornton. This naval chart, published in 1674, is a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship and scholarly rigor of its creators. The chart's main subject is the coastline of North America, stretching from Long Island in the south to Newfoundland in the north. This geographic region, steeped in rich history and cultural significance, is rendered with an impressive level of detail and accuracy, a testament to the skills and knowledge of the mapmakers.

The historical significance of this map is manifold. It was published around the same time as the final acquisition of New England from the Netherlands in 1674, marking a pivotal moment in the colonization of the New World by the English. The map provides a unique glimpse into the geopolitical landscape of the time, with the Treaty of Westminster in 1674 permanently relinquishing New Netherland to the English and King Philip's War being fought in New England from 1675 to 1676. The chart is also adorned with images of beavers north of the River Canada (St. Lawrence River), subtly alluding to the burgeoning fur trade initiated by the formation of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670.

The map's style is characteristic of the naval charts of the era, combining aesthetic appeal with practical utility. The chart closely follows the outline of the landmark map of Dutch chartmaker Joannes van Loon, but with significant improvements and new information. For instance, the map includes St John Isle (or Prince Edward Island), which was missed by Van Loon and not replaced by any other cartographer to date. It also improves the depiction of the Avalon peninsula in Newfoundland with the English knowledge learned through John Mason. The R. Sauguenay and Les Trois Riviere are both prominently inserted in detail, extending the area of coverage westwards to take in the English settlement in New England.

In addition to the aforementioned enhancements, the map also boasts a far better knowledge of the English settlements in New England, adding Boston and Charlestown (the former previously called "Briston"), as well as New London and "Plimouth". The bathymetry of the banks off of Canada and New England is significantly improved, with dozens of soundings across the major banks. Laurence Worms, in his essay on Seller and Pepys, praises Seller's North American cartography as being of substantial merit, noting that Seller was rather more interesting and original in his work in his cartographic depiction of the British Colonies in North America. In sum, 'A Chart of the Coast of America from New found Land to Cape Cod' is a remarkable artifact that not only offers invaluable insights into the history and geography of North America but also showcases the artistic and scientific achievements of its creators.

  • Significant Routes or Trails:
  • The chart covers the major maritime routes along the North American coastline during the 17th century.
  • It illustrates the path of English expeditions into the region via Hudson Bay and James Bay between 1668 and 1673.

  • Major Cities:

  • The map includes Boston, previously referred to as "Briston".
  • Charlestown is also depicted on the map.
  • The map also marks New London.
  • "Plimouth" is another city marked on the map.

  • Historic Landmarks or Events:

  • The map represents the final acquisition of New England from the Netherlands in 1674.
  • It reflects the geopolitical changes following the Treaty of Westminster in 1674, which saw New Netherland permanently relinquished to the English.
  • The map was published during the period of King Philip's War, fought in New England from 1675 to 1676.
  • The map subtly alludes to the burgeoning fur trade, with images of beavers north of the River Canada (St. Lawrence River), marking the commencement of the fur trade by the English with the formation of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670.

  • Geographic Features:

  • The map covers the coastline of North America, stretching from Long Island in the south to Newfoundland in the north.
  • It includes St John Isle, or Prince Edward Island.
  • The Avalon peninsula in Newfoundland is depicted with improvements based on English knowledge learned through John Mason.
  • The R. Sauguenay and Les Trois Riviere are both prominently inserted in detail.
  • The map extends the area of coverage westwards to take in the English settlement in New England.
  • The bathymetry of the banks off of Canada and New England is significantly improved, with dozens of soundings across the major banks.

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