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Item #41171 Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. Louisiana.

Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas

Washington D.C. Published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, July 1920. Large folding nautical chart, printed on heavy paper stock. Colored. Sheet size: 32 1/2 x 44 inches.

A rare original coastal survey of New Orleans area and includes Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, and the city of New Orleans with mentions of Audubon Park and the Cotton Exchange.

Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey was the United States' first civilian scientific agency. This agency has followed its mission to survey the U.S. coastline, create nautical charts of the coast, and help increase maritime safety since its founding, and has often played fascinating roles in significant chapters of U.S. history. It served in all theaters of the Civil War in the service of the Union Army and Navy, pioneered acoustic exploration in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic, and during WWI it worked to detect enemy submarines. In addition, this agency worked to survey and produce detailed maps and renderings of the U.S. coast. These nautical survey maps (commonly referred to as "T-sheets") provide fascinating insights into the history of the United States coastline, which has and will continue to shift. These maps are the most important data source for understanding the physical and ecological characteristics of the U.S. shoreline. The present map of the Louisiana coastline is notable for the inclusion of New Orleans featuring Audubon Park, neighborhood Carrollton, and the Cotton Exchange, which was demolished and rebuilt in this period. It is a highly detailed and accurate sea chart of New Orleans and neighboring lakes, and an important historical view of the developing Louisiana.

Item #41171

Price: $1,000.00

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