A New Chart of Part of the North Pacific Ocean Exhibiting the Various Straits, Islands and Dangers


This map of the Pacific Ocean north of the equator is by Edmund March Blunt, the publisher and main author of the American Coastal Pilot. This work first appeared in 1796 and, in successive editions over the years, established Blunt as the premier publisher of nautical books in the United States. At the lower left of the map are shown the Caroline Islands, including the “Pelew Isles” (Palau Islands) as well as Yap and other islands that now make up the Federated States of Micronesia. The first Europeans to reach the Caroline Islands were the Spanish, who visited them in 1526 and named them after King Charles I. Spain formally claimed the islands in 1886, but sold them to Germany in 1899. After World War I, the League of Nations mandated them to Japan. In 1947, they were made part of a United Nations trust territory administered by the United States. The Federated States of Micronesia became independent in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Palau Islands became a sovereign republic in 1994. Also shown on the map are the Ladrone Islands, which comprise the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory.

Last updated: January 8, 2014