"But thou at home without or tyde or gale, Canst in thy map securely
saile. . . . In these lines, 17th-century poet Robert Herrick alludes
to the role maps play in the exploration and navigation of unfamiliar
territory. Focusing on the New World as it was viewed by the British in
the 17th and 18th centuries, this exhibition examines the ways in which
maps and charts were used to provide information on natural resources
and settlements in the New World and to reflect the expansion of the British
empire across the globe.
Curated by Alice C. Hudson, Chief, Map Division.
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