Sunday, January 06, 2008

Maps & Charts

I was cruising around online the other day and came across this 1802 map of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest. Interesting to see how some of the Spanish names have survived while others haven't: the Strait of Juan de Fuca has retained the name shown, but what's now known as the Strait of Georgia, or preferably the Salish Sea, is designated as Canal del Rosario. The Island itself is shown with the original European name, Isla de Quadra y Vancouver. Seems that the mapmakers had a decent grasp of the West Coast and the Sounds, but much of the East Coast remained blank and indeterminate. Found here at the David Rumsey Collection of Cartography Associates.

Today's music is "Snowy Atlas Mountains" by Fionn Regan.

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