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North Pacific, 1779
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North Pacific
1779, by Robert de Vaugondy

After spending 21 years at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Joseph-Nicolas de L'Isle, a cartographer of considerable note, returned to Paris to join the mapping business of his brother-in-law Philippe Buache. He brought with him a description of the de Fonte voyage, which his brother-in-law incorporated into his 1752 map of North America. Others began copying it with each adding his own interpretation until, in 1779, Robert de Vaugondy published this elaborate "masterpiece" (California is in the lower right corner; Greenland in the upper right).



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