1784 General Chart


1784 Cook General Chart by Capt. James Cook is simply the first map of world with any pretense to accuracy. Other world maps of the time merely hinted at the landfalls of the Pacific. Capt. James Cook, mapped the Pacific over a period of 11 years (1769-1780) and 3 voyages (100,000 miles traveled). The original copperplate engraving is from Cook’s last voyage, originally published in 1784 by Strahan & Cadell of London. This is the most important and accurate world chart of the 18th century. Considered to be the first “Modern” World map.

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