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Walden, Cape Cod, and the Duty of the Coast Survey

Patrick Chura

in Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034935
eISBN:
9780813038278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034935.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss-born mathematician Ferdinand Hassler, who directed the project from its inception in 1816 until his death in 1843. Hassler was one of the most ... More


Slavery and the Origin of Statistical Cartography

Susan Schulten

in Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226740683
eISBN:
9780226740706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226740706.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In 1861, the US Coast Survey created a map of slavery at the height of the Civil War. The map used the 1860 census to illustrate the population density of slavery and initiated a trend of statistical ... More


Capturing the Past through Maps

Susan Schulten

in Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226740683
eISBN:
9780226740706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226740706.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

When the American educator Emma Willard traveled to Europe in September 1854, she met Johann Georg Kohl, a German cartographer and geographer who had spent years compiling an archive of maps related ... More


The Cartographic Consolidation of America

Susan Schulten

in Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226740683
eISBN:
9780226740706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226740706.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

While the Civil War was raging, physician Edwin Leigh tried to map the strength of slavery. Enthralled by the power of maps to visualize data, Leigh wanted to gauge the power of slavery in Missouri. ... More


Contraband Pilots

Barbara Brooks Tomblin

in Bluejackets and Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125541
eISBN:
9780813135311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125541.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

Of all the important contributions by African Americans to the Union Navy's North and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons and Potomac Flotilla, none proved as valuable as that made by skilled black ... More


The Coast Survey Expands and Acquires Steamships

James P. Delgado and Stephen D. Nagiewicz

in Robert J. Walker: The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066431
eISBN:
9780813058641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066431.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The U.S. Coast Survey survived political challenges and the death of its founding director to thrive under a new director, Alexander D. Bache, after 1844. The story of the survey, its expansion into ... More


The U.S. Coast Survey, 1807–1844

James P. Delgado and Stephen D. Nagiewicz

in Robert J. Walker: The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066431
eISBN:
9780813058641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066431.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The first scientific agency of the U.S. government, the U.S. Coast Survey, was approved by Congress in 1807 for the purposes of hydrographic survey and nautical charting. The survey’s origins, early ... More


“A Most Disastrous Accident”

James P. Delgado and Stephen D. Nagiewicz

in Robert J. Walker: The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066431
eISBN:
9780813058641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066431.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The loss of Walker off Absecon Inlet on the New Jersey coast is discussed in detail with an account of the particulars of the wreck, the rescue of the survivors, public reaction, the response of the ... More


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