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Remarques sur la navigation de terre-neuve à New-York afin d'eviter les courrants et les bas-fonds au sud de Nantuckett et du Banc de George, 1785

 Item — Drawer: 122 : L : 2, Section: 6
Identifier: 2020-IL-001-071


One of the preferred routes that captains and navigators sailing from America to England learned to use was the Gulf Stream, a strong, warm current that flows north along the Atlantic coast and then east toward Europe. Initially charted by Benjamin Franklin in 1768, this discovery helped ships minimize travel time across the ocean, speeding up the transatlantic voyage for travelers, merchants, and goods. Franklin purchased this 1785 chart, a French adaptation of his original findings, when he served in Paris as a diplomat for the United States during the early years of the republic


  • 1785


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1 Sheets : 1 map ; 32 x 36 cm. on sheet 47 x 62 cm

Language of Materials


Reference numbers

Client reference #199; WAG #289312


Richard Arkway, 10 December 1991.

Related references

De Vorsey, L. Gulf Stream on eighteenth century maps and charts, in The Map collector, 15 (1980), 7 De Vorsey, L. Pioneer charting of the Gulf Stream, in Imago mundi, 28 (1976), 105-120

Additional details

Scale [ca. 1:10,500,000]. Based on Timothy Folger's original annotations ... It would appear that [Benjamin] Franklin added little or nothing beyond the red lines which indicated the portion to be reproduced ...--De Vorsey, L. Pioneer charting of the Gulf Stream, in Imago mundi, 28 (1976), p. 107.


A Paris : Chéz Le Rouge, rue des Grands Augustins, 1785


Repository Details

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