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A map of ye English empire in ye continent of America.
London: Morden, 1690?
Copperplate engraving, hand colored, 52 x 61 cm.
New England--Maps--Early works to 1800.
New York (State)--Maps--Early works to 1800.
1. "W. Binneman sculpsit."
2. Scale: 40 miles = 1"; [1:2,534,400]
3. Described in Stevens, "Comparative Cartography," no. 19.
4. Digital image derived from
Kodak Photo CD using slide of original map at John Carter Brown
Library. Contact John Carter Brown Library.
A Map of ye
English Empire in the Continent of America, ca. 1690
Robert Mordenís map of British North America is a
late version of a map originally published in 1675. Like many early map
makers, Morden relied on compiling information from previous
maps, rather than utilizing new surveys or other original sources. His map
is a mixture of elements derived from various Dutch and English maps,
including, including Sellerís 1674 map of New England. The Morden map
belongs to a "family" of almost identical maps published between 1675-1700
by several well-known British cartographers, including John Thornton,
Richard Daniel, and Philip Lea.
Most of the features on this map are copied from Dutch maps or the map by John Seller
shown previously. The Morden map does have a number of improvements over its
predecessors, particularly in its depiction of Long Island and New England, which
reflect the gradual improvement in geographical knowledge of these areas. The map
also includes a scene of whaling from small boats off Long Island. The whalers are
probably English colonists, but they are using a technique adapted from the local
Indians. This is one of the earliest depictions of whaling in the New World.
Paul E. Cohen, Manhattan in Maps
Henry Stevens and Roland Tree. "Comparative Cartography," in R.V. Tooley, The
Mapping of America, 63, 72
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