J. F. W. DesBarres

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J. F. W. DesBarres

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Accession number: 2003.087

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1: 29 500, 1: 29 300

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  • 1776 (Creation)

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4 maps

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Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres was born in 1729 in France. He died on October 27, 1824 in Halifax. He entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich (London), England in the early 1750s, where he studied fortifications, surveying, and drafting. In 1756, he went to North America where he began his military career as a lieutenant in the Royal American Regiment and saw action against the French at Louisbourg, Quebec, and Newfoundland, during which time he also began surveying in those regions. He was a military engineer, surveyor, and later Governor of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.
By 1763, his surveying and mapping skills had been noted and he was commissioned by the Admiralty to chart the coast and offshore waters of Nova Scotia from 1764 to 1773. He later published his charts and views, together with contributions from Samuel Holland and others, in a navigational atlas that he produced on behalf of the Admiralty in 1777. The atlas was called The Atlantic Neptune, the final version of which was published in 1781.
The Atlantic Neptune consisted of detailed charts and views of North American coasts, with the charts containing both topographical and hydrographical details.
Series forms part of the map collection and consists of maps surveyed By Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres during the summers of 1764 to 1773 by order of the Right Honourable Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty. The maps show the diversities of the coast, ledges, shoals, rocks, soundings, and the quality of the bottom.

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Dictionary of Canadian Biography. DesBarres, Joseph Frederick Wallet. Retrieved from http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?id_nbr=2833

The Canadian Encyclopedia. Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/joseph-frederick-wallet-desbarres

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