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Item #41174 Point Au Fer to Marsh Island. Louisiana.

Point Au Fer to Marsh Island

Washington D.C. Published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, May 1920. Large folding nautical chart, printed on heavy paper stock. Uncolored. Sheet size: 46 1/8 x 36 inches.

A rare original coastal survey of the Atchafalaya Basin area including Marsh Island, Cote Blanche Bays, Atchafalaya Bay and River.

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 the Atchafalaya Basin, the nation's largest river swamp, containing 1 million acres of America's most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes. It also is home to a diverse wildlife population containing 65 species of reptiles and amphibians, 100 species of fish, and 250 species of birds containing the largest nesting concentration of bald eagles in the south central United States. The map also notes Marsh Island which was deeded to the state in 1920, the year this map was produced. It is a highly detailed and accurate sea chart of the Atchafalaya Basin, and an important historical view of the developing Louisiana.

Item #41174

Price: $400.00

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