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A la Carte: Selected Papers on Maps and Atlases

Source: Walter W. Ristow, A la Carte: Selected Papers on Maps and Atlases (Washington: Library of Congress, 1972), page 127.

[page 127]

[A chapter on the cartography of Washington, D.C.]

[…] “Anacostien Ile” (later Mason’s, now Roosevelt Island) […]

[…] “And what was ‘Goose Creek’ once is ‘Tiber’ now.” […]

Another era in cartography began about 1736, with surveys by John WARNER and William MAYO of Lord FAIRFAX’s princely estate on the Northern Neck of Virginia.  Their manuscripts crossed the ocean and eventually reached the Public Record Office, whence photostats made the return trip to the Library of Congress.  WARNER indicates Four Mile Creek, Alexander’s Island, the Eastern Branch, Goose Creek, and Rock Creek.  MAYO adds Mason’s Island, the Little Falls, “Watson’s” place on the Potomac in the present city, and McGEE’s ferry west of Rock Creek.  This accurate work was lost upon some cartographers, including the drafter of the New Map of Virginia (published in Sir William Keith’s History of the British Plantations in America, London, 1738), who located the Great Falls and “Anticostin” Island below the Eastern Branch!

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