coast line

Blaeu's Hampshire 1645

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Coast line The county of Hampshire is bounded on the south by the sea. This boundary does not change much with changes of local or national politics! but it is subject to change by nature. Rivers, the sea, and winds change the shape of the land; sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly and dramatically.

If the coast shown by Blaeu's map is studied closely and compared with earlier and later mapping you can see differences; some are easy to spot. But, bear in mind the questions how accurate was the cartographer of each map, just what line was being plotted as the coast, how good was the surveying? Don't jump to conclusions too rapidly.

Some coastal features are named, for example:-
Blacke Cliffe
east of Christchurch. And some headlands, harbours, and sea areas are labelled.
Off Hayling Island is:-
The Mackett

Blaeu's Hampshire 1645, contents
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Old Hampshire Mapped

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