This is a new project from the Library's Geography and Map Division. This was a 2001-2003 European Union-funded research project involving a large international team of researchers and organizations. Researchers compiled data taken from over 280,000 logbooks written aboard sailing ships between 1750 and 1850. The resulting database, containing comprehensive weather observations and voyage details, is an invaluable resource for the study of climate and maritime history. It categorizes logbook entries by ship nationality: British, Dutch, French, and Spanish. The Atlantic Slave Trade, including the Middle Passage, are clearly visible across the dataset.
This site is dedicated to the creative and educational use of its cartographic holdings. Their collection begins in the 15th century and continues on to the present and contains a number of maps from the European Age of Discoveries and Colonial New England and Colonial Boston.