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The Coast Mappers

Morrison, Taylor

Book - 2004
The Coast Mappers
Chronicles the difficulties encountered by George Davidson and others as they attempted to create nautical charts to complete the U.S. Coast Survey of the West Coast in the mid-nineteenth century.

Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2004
ISBN: 9780618254088
Branch Call Number: GA408.5.P33 M67 2004
Characteristics: 45 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm


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When the Gold Rush brought ships from all over the world to California, it became very important to have accurate maps of the coastline to guide the sailors. This meant hiking miles of coastline, taking precise measurements and making careful observations, all under primitive conditions. George Davidson, one of the men hired to do the job, was told he would be out west for 1 year, but it was five before he returned to visit his family—and he spent nearly 40 years more mapping the coast.


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