With relief shown by hachures and the forests delineated, this map of the roads between New York and Trenton formed part of the first complete road atlas published in America, based on surveys by the multi-talented Colles himself and military surveyors. Though sold as a complete publication by subscription, travellers were able to purchase individual maps from the Survey according to their needs and the routes they were to travel. In fact, many tourists found travel in America intensely frustrating; the heavily forested roads making it impossible to view, from the window of a carriage, the picturesque topographical views of which they had read.
- Article by:
- Daniel Maudlin
- Transforming topography, Science and nature, Town and city, Country
Drawing on the British Library’s collection of 18th-century road maps, travel guides and atlases, Daniel Maudlin considers how the road-building boom of Georgian Britain and British America transformed actual and imaginative experiences of travel.