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The Map & Chart Makers

Charles Blaskowitz

Blaskowitz is amongst the better known of Samuel Holland’s team of surveyors who worked up and down the North eastern coast of North America both before and during the War of Independence between 1664 and 1775. 

Throughout this period he collaborated with Messrs; Grant, Wheeler, Sproule, Holland and Grant on a number of important surveys which formed the basis for a number of subsequent maps including those published by J.F.W. Des Barres in his folios of the Atlantic Neptune between 1777 and 1781. In addition a good deal of his own work was privately printed by William Faden the London publisher.

His most famous work was carried out in the Rhode Island region where he carried out a number of surveys intended to inform the British as to the suitability of Newport as a naval port. One of Blaskowitz’s surveys for the British Admiralty completed about 1770 was famously redrawn by the surveyor to fulfill a private commission for the local landowners and farmers of Rhode Island showing land boundaries and place names add. The map was later published by Faden in 1777.  He returned to the area in 1774 where he was teamed with Thomas Wheeler on further surveys of the area.

Like a number of his fellow surveyors, including Samuel Holland, Blaskowitz was aligned to the regiment of Guides and Pioneers once hostilities had broken out between the Americans and the British in 1775. He attained the rank of Captain and was responsible for a number of surveys and sketches depicting military actions and engagements around the New York area in between 1776 and 1777.

He was a talented water colour artist and a number of his works are held in the collections of the Library of Congress.

Associated Charts and Maps: A103a, A103b, A105, A106, A108.

Ref: A103a

Plan of the Town of Newport (uncoloured)

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Ref: A106

A chart of the harbour of Rhode Island and Narraganset Bay

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Ref: A108

A plan of Rhode Island with the country and islands adjacent including a plan of the Town of Newport

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Ref: A105

A plan of Rhode Island with the adjacent islands and coast of Narragansett Bay

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Ref: A121

A Plan of the Sea Coast of Maine

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