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Historical Maps of North Americaby Michael Swift
Synopses & Reviews
Travel back to a time when North America was largely unexplored and mapmakers could not rely on computers or aerial photographs. Featuring more than one hundred beautifully crafted antique maps and charts, previously available only to researchers, this engrossing volume celebrates the art of cartography and the evolution of North America. Dating back to the early 17th century, the maps are arranged chronologically and trace history through the turn of the 19th century. Extended captions put each map in context and explain its significance. Fascinating insights into American history are revealed, including details about early New York, Boston, and Pennsylvania and about military engagements of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Take a look at Virginia in 1612, Florida in 1722, Quebec in 1767, the Virgin Islands circa 1800, Alaska in 1849, and many other sites. A wonderful resource for those interested in cartography, geography, and American history.
Featuring more than 100 beautifully crafted antique maps and charts, previously available only to researchers, this engrossing volume celebrates the art of cartography. Chronologically arranged form the early 1600s to the turn of the 19th century. Extended captions put each map in context and provide fascinating insights into American history, including details about early New York, Boston, and Pennsylvania, and about military engagements of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. “Provides insight into the historic pageant that is the evolution North America....All levels/collections.”—Choice.
Get a different view of World War Two. These 100 maps not only capture the broad sweep of events such as D-Day, but also the details, including a two-man X-Craft attack on the battleship Tirpitz. Together they give a fascinating overview of military strategyand#8212;the planning, the reconnaissance, the guesses as to enemy dispositionsand#8212;as well as the debriefings and analyses that followed each battle. Many of the maps here were used in actual combat and include the illuminating original markings and captions.
About the Author
Michael Swift is the pen name of a publisher who lives in London and writes in his spare time. He was educated in the north of England and at Oxford, where he received his MA in History. He is also the author of Historical Maps of Europe (Book Sales).
Michael Sharpe was born in 1970 into a forces background and developed a fascination for flying and military history at an early age. He has worked on numerous publications and articles and is widely published.
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