Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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Early Maps of Ascension

Maxwell, 1793


Van Linschoten's map, published in 1599 and shown on a miniature sheet issued in 1981.
  Maxwell, 1793


The Dutch explorer Van Langeren called at Ascension Islan in 1589, and recorded details of bird-life. He published a book of his travels ten years later and this contained the earliest known map of the island drawn by Van Linschoten, but it was rather inaccurate. Later travellers produced maps which were only a little more accurate.

Ekeberg & Chapman 1811
The first accurate map of Ascension was produced by Lt. Campbell of the Royal Navy after an extensive survey
Campbell 1819

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