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Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest: Maps of Exploration and Discovery: British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Yukon Hardcover – September 28, 1999

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Hayes, a resident of Vancouver, BC, and a map researcher and collector for over 25 years, has produced a unique cartographic documentation of the history of the Pacific Northwest. He has assembled 325 contemporary color maps, ranging in date from 1569 (a Mercator map) to 1919 (a Poole Brothers map) that together trace the discovery, exploration, settlement, and geopolitical evolution of the region now encompassing Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, and the Yukon Territory. The accompanying text discusses colonial rivalries among the Spanish, British, Russians, and Americans; and highlights specific explorers who influenced the course of events. A complete catalog of the maps, with sources, is provided. This fascinating study is highly recommended as a reference tool for all libraries with cartography collections, particularly those with a special interest in the history and heritage of the region.AEdward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. System, Ft. Pierce, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"A beautifully executed achievement that raises the standard for historical atlases." -- The Bloomsbury Review

"Derek Hayes's book is both a research tool and an adventure story. It should delight scholars and casual readers alike." -- Murray Morgan, author of Puget's Sound

"Destined to become a regional classic." -- The Seattle Times

"This is a beautifully produced book, filled with Northwest history and lore... the kind of volume that invites repeated viewings." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570612153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570612152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Denis M. Dooley on January 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The "Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest . . ." is an excellent read for anyone living in the Pacific Northwest from Coos Bay/North Bend to Nome, even if you aren't into maps. As someone who relocated here from the Midwest five years ago, this book has helped put the webbing between my toes.
The map research is impressive. Derek Hayes has reproduced maps in this book that I never would have known existed. The narative history is good reading as well (I detect the influence of Ken Burns here). The book has greatly increase my knowlege of the place I have chosen to live, both in terms of its history and the physical landscape.
I also recommend it to any history or geography buff, even if you mispronounce Oregon "Or E Gone!"
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dswtan on November 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ok, so I love maps and I live in the area, but this is still a rightly highly-acclaimed wonderful piece of work! Map fans will love it; locals will love it; others will learn (many) things from it. As well as the maps themselves, you also get a sweeping series of historical vignettes associated with each map. The least you'll get from it is the sheer joy of looking at a fantastic collection of wonderful old maps!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pearl on October 1, 2009
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Starting with pre-exploration theoretical maps through the Canadian Northern Railway's 1914 route map, this book gives a sampling of major mapping efforts in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska to Oregon). Maps of course reflect their makers, and this book reflects the range of interests over four centuries of Pacific Northwest explorations, in the two major waves of European marine explorers and settlers. The maps are reprints of originals, not made-for-the-book digests that I find so annoying. Each of the 320 maps is accompanied with a brief description of the map's provenance and the circumstances that make it important today. The book's format is large enough to peruse fine details, and there are some delightful accompanying illustrations in this beautiful book.
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As a source of information as to how the concept of the Pacific Northwest was transmitted by maps, this book is without peer. For cartographers, it is a work of revelation on how the PNW was explored and mapped. For the historian, it is a wonderful companion to other historical works that bring enlightenment.

Recommended for the bookshelf of every geographer, cartographer, and historian of the Pacific Northwest.
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