Chart of Plymouth Bay
- Chart of Plymouth Bay
The chief product produced in colonial New England was dried cod. As a result, permanent, residential fishing settlements were established throughout New England in the 17th century, including one at Plymouth, Massachusetts. This 1781 chart illustrates the homesteads, roads, and topography in the vicinity of Plymouth. By the 1770s, the majority of the lower-quality dried cod produced in New England's offshore banks was being exported to the Caribbean, and served as a main food source for slaves working on sugar plantations. This cost-saving measure, coupled with profits from quality cod exported to Iberia, resulted in an abundance of wealth for New England fish merchants.
- Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Nautical charts--Massachusetts--Plymouth Bay--Early works to 1800
Plymouth Bay (Mass.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
MassachusettsPlymouth (county)Plymouth Bay
J.F.W. Des Barres
Exhibited: "Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2013.
Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings.
Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune.
Variant of entry 960 in LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789.
"12" engraved in small oval in upper right corner of the border; lacks imprint.
- 1 chart : col. ; 67 x 49 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:24,000]
- Call #:
G1106.P5 D47 1781
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