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Caribbean Travel Guides in the Williams Collection

In the middle of this New England winter, it’s easy for all of us to get lost in daydreams of faraway places. Images of sun-dappled beaches, tropical islands, and swaying palms might flood our minds as we trudge through the … Continue reading

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Possession & Extrapolation: Herman Moll & Charles Wilkes

Herman Moll, Enlightenment Geographer Working as a printer, engraver, and geographer in London, Herman Moll made the acquaintance of some of the leading thinkers of the English Enlightenment, including John Locke, Robert Hooke, and Jonathan Swift. The Dutchman’s contemporaries held … Continue reading

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Accuracy & Extrapolation: Maps of the Caribbean, Ireland and Madagascar

Mapping and Mercantilism in the Caribbean Cartography in Britain, and much of Europe in general, revolved around naval commerce and travel during the early modern period.  Cartographers like Thomas Jefferys (1719 – 1771) created these maps within a competitive economic … Continue reading

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George Sandys, the Ethnographer: A Man Before His Time

George Sandys was the seventh and youngest son of Edwin Sandys, archbishop of York for the Church of England. Sandys’ Relation was a seminal work at the time, detailing the culture of the Ottoman Empire as well as the ecumenical … Continue reading

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