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Map of the COUNTRY Contiguous to the CHESAPEAKE & DELAWARE CANAL

Map of the COUNTRY Contiguous to the CHESAPEAKE & DELAWARE CANAL

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While suggestions of a canal between Philadelphia and Baltimore originated in the 17th century, and efforts to dig this canal date from shortly after the Revolution, it was the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal that made the waterwat a reality. Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858), an important early American cartographer, produced this map showing the proposed route of the canal for the Fifth General Report of the President and Directors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company (Philadelphia, 1824). The text at bottom center reads “Longitude East from Washington.” The signature at bottom right reads “Drawn & Engrav’d by H. S. Tanner.”
Ref: Walter W. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers: Commercial Cartography in the Nineteenth Century (Detroit, 1985), pp. 191-206.
James Walker, “Henry S. Tanner and Cartographic Expression of American Expansion in the 1820s,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 111 (2010): 444-461.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
map
date made
1824
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 11 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 29.21 cm
overall in frame: 11 7/8 in x 13 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 30.1625 cm x 35.2425 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
PH.317825
catalog number
317825
accession number
231759
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