This is a high quality reproduction of one of the premier maps with regards to the history of Hawaiian cartography. This particular example was featured in "Troisieme Voyage de Cook ou Voyage a l'Ocean Pacifique..." Many subsequent maps of the Hawaiian Islands were ultimately based off this example which was prepared by Lieutenant Henry Roberts though credited to James Cook.
The map displays the routes and discoveries of the Resolution throughout the islands which are wonderfully engraved with attention to topographical detail. In the lower left corner of the map is an insert of La Baye de Karakakooa (present day Kealakekua Bay). The insert includes the anchorages of the two ships navigational hazards palm trees houses and farm fields. This is where James Cook spent his last few days before being killed in a confrontation with the native Hawaiian people.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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