This layer is a georeferenced raster image of the historic paper map entitled: An accurate chart of the world with the new discoveries : also a view of the general &c coasting trade winds, monsoons or shifting trade winds & the variations of the compass ; from the latest and best authorities by T. Kitchin, Geographer for the Lond. Mag. It was published ca. 1774. Scale [ca. 1:90,000,000]. The image inside the map neatline is georeferenced to the surface of the earth and fit to the 'World Mercator' projection. All map collar and inset information is also available as part of the raster image, including any inset maps, profiles, statistical tables, directories, text, illustrations, index maps, legends, or other information associated with the principal map. This map shows features such as drainage, cities and other human settlements, trade winds, magnetic variations, shoreline features, and more. Relief shown pictorially. Includes text and notes.This layer is part of a selection of digitally scanned and georeferenced historic maps from the Harvard Map Collection and the Harvard University Library as part of the Open Collections Program at Harvard University project: Organizing Our World: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age. Maps selected for the project correspond to various expeditions and represent a range of regions, originators, ground condition dates, scales, and purposes.
Historic paper maps can provide an excellent view of the changes that have occurred in the cultural and physical landscape. The wide range of information provided on these maps make them useful in the study of historic geography, and urban and rural land use change. As this map has been georeferenced, it can be used in a GIS as a source or background layer in conjunction with other GIS data.