Map of the day

Source – Geo Garage

I managed to find this high-res version of Captain Cook’s map of New Zealand – click on the image to zoom in.

Forget satellites, GPS, GIS software and drone’s, he did not even have a chronometer or the ability to determine longitude. How he managed to pull this off is simply amazing. Sheer expertise, endurance and determination and a good crew.

There are errors but surprisingly only a few….

The middle of the South Island appears a little ?pinched? as Cook had no idea how far the Canterbury Plains extended; Banks Peninsula appears as an island; and Stewart Island seems to be connected to the mainland. Note the Southern Alps and Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula.