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Bermuda West by Thomas Hurd
The Western Part of the Bermuda Islands surveyed for the Lords of the Admiralty
|Date||1788 - 1797|
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||Lieutenant Thomas Hurd, RN|
|Size Of Original:||w 73" x h 71"|
|Paper Type||Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm, Omnijet Superior Matt Graphic 180 (Eighth size)|
This is the western half of a larger survey, drawn by Lieutenant (later Captain) Thomas Hannaford Hurd, RN. It was the first definitive hydrographic work on the Island and was directly responsible, thanks to its accuracy, for the expansion of British interest in Bermuda and also for the development of the naval base at Ireland point on the Island. It is full of great hydrographic and cartographic detail and is beautifully coloured. Of particular note is the relationship between the island itself and the attention paid to the surrounding sand-banks, reefs and shoals which take-up over 70% of the total chart. Note that this part of the survey was started in 1788, one year before the eastern part.
After the loss of her mainland colonies in North America in 1781 Bermuda took-on an ever greater level of importance to the British. The location of the Island, close to mainland America and midway between the West Indies and Halifax in Canada, provided Britain with a base from which to protect her interests and trade-routes with her remaining colonies.