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George Gauld: Surveyor and Cartographer of the Gulf Coast John D. Ware

George Gauld: Surveyor and Cartographer of the Gulf Coast

John D. Ware

Published August 1st 1982
ISBN : 9780813007083
Hardcover
251 pages
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John Ware grew up on Floridas Gulf Coast. After high school, he became a licensed pilot maneuvering large vessels in and out of the rivers, the bays, and the harbors of that coast. It seems natural that Ware should have become interested in theMoreJohn Ware grew up on Floridas Gulf Coast. After high school, he became a licensed pilot maneuvering large vessels in and out of the rivers, the bays, and the harbors of that coast. It seems natural that Ware should have become interested in the first man to accurately survey and chart the Gulf Coast -- George Gauld.Britain had been ceded all of North America east of the Mississippi River after her victory in the seven years war. And, just as today, the safety of her vessels in these waters made urgent the need for reliable charts and sailing directions. Gauld arrived on the Florida Gulf Coast in August of 1974, and for sixteen years he explored and charted that same coastline that John Ware was to pilot for so many years, from as far as west as Galveston Bay in Texas to the tip of Floridas peninsula.Gaulds pioneering accomplishments, however, went unnoticed, often pirated and attributed to others, and those few charts that were published appeared only after his early death. This biography, an attempt to establish Gaulds proper place in the history of North America cartography, is the result of many years of research. It includes a list of all Gaulds known work and eleven double-page, foldout examples of his manuscripts, drafts, sketches, and charts.