Blaeu's Hampshire 1645
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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
Some coastal features are named, for example:-
east of Christchurch. And some headlands, harbours, and sea areas are labelled.
Off Hayling Island is:-