In the mid nineteenth century, little was known of the west coast and waterways The ships that sailed those waters did so at a considerable risk, sometimes depending on only a school atlas to navigate and all too often crashing into the rocks So the U.S Coast Survey, whose purpose was to map every mile of American shoreline, commissioned George Davidson to chart all of the major points on the coast and all of the waterways in between In this beautifully illustrated book, Taylor Morrison chronicles the challenges and adventures Davidson and his team faced and the methods they used to accomplish this monumental, and essential, task....
|Title||:||The Coast Mappers|
|Publisher||:||HMH Books for Young Readers April 1, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
|File Size||:||696 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Coast Mappers Reviews
I am so happy to have stumbled across this book. There is almost no information about early surveying techniques around, let alone ones suitable for children, and to find such a lavishly illustrated and well researched one is fantastic. There are beautiful paintings on all 48 pages, as well as a narrative which mixes the heroic story of the mappers with inserts and diagrams of their techniques. There is a list of sources in the back which is very helpful. A great way to get kids interested in the technology behind everything we take for granted, and given the paucity of information on the subject, a good book for interested adults, too.
As a piece for the young or young adults the clear advantage of this book is its absolutely beautiful illustrations and engaging story, told directly and in very clear terms. For adults, the book is still a beautiful read for those without background in the history of map-making and as such lends a strong appreciation of the trials and dedication of those who did the difficult work of mapping this country in its early days. Well done!
Great book interesting information. ..nice illustrations
The Coast Mappers provides a thoroughly enjoyable historical record of the early survey of the west coast of the United States. It is clearly written as a Youth book but the content and artwork make it an excellent addition to any library or coffee table.