Item MAP 249 - A Plan of the City and Harbour of Louisburg with inset map of The Island of Cape Breton

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A Plan of the City and Harbour of Louisburg with inset map of The Island of Cape Breton

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A Plan of the City and Harbour of Louisburg in which are pointed out the principle places mentioned in the record of the Siege of that Fortress by the New Englanders in 1745

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CA BI MAP 249

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8 cm = 2 miles

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  • 1747 (Creation)
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    Kitchin, Thomas

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1 map : col. ; 17.5 x 23 cm

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A. Bell and Company

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(1719-1784)

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Thomas Kitchin was an engraver and map-maker from Southwark, England. Kitchin was apprenticed to Emanuel Bowen in 1732 and in 1773 appointed royal hydrographer to King George III. He produced John Elphinstone's map of Scotland (1746), Geographia Scotia (1749), and The Small English Atlas (1749) with Thomas Jefferys. The Large English Atlas (with Bowen 1749–60) was an attempt to cover England at large scale. He produced 170 maps for the London Magazine (1747–83). He died in St Albans in 1784.

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Item is a map showing details of Louisbourg Harbour and Gabarus Bay with a full inset map of Cape Breton Island, labelled Isle Royal. Documents the landing place and camp of the New England forces as well as the fortified town of Louisbourg, various battery locations, French settlements and the lighthouse.

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