By Carl Moreland, David Bannister
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It is surrounded by many other islands of some dimensions, the largest of them Hibernia (Ireland) which is divided from Britain by a narrow channel, and some smaller ones called the Orchades (Orkneys). The blessed Pope Gregory, second of this name, sent to Britain the monks Augustine of Miletus and John with other men of outstanding character and they first converted the English. Since then many of their kings have shone forth for their miracles. The dimensions of Britain are given by Pythies and Ysidore as 38,075 [square] miles, and in it are many fine rivers, besides large and varied supplies of metals.
Of these, the most active were William Hack, who is credited with about 1,600 charts, Nicholas Comberford and John Thornton: the last named, of course, also published printed maps and charts. The charts of the Thames School covered practically every part of the known world and although most of them were not noted for originality, usually being based on Dutch prototypes, in total they probably exercised an important influence on the later charts printed by Thornton himself and on those by John Seller and others associated with the preparation of the later volumes of the English Pilot.
Bellin and many charts of other parts of the world were published during this time. Towards the end of the century Britain began to play a leading role in chart making, influenced by the invention of Harrison's timepiece, which solved the problem of calculating longitude at sea, and by the voyages of Captain Cook and the growing supremacy of the Navy as a world force. Sea charts issued in this period are too numerous to mention individually but of particular note were the charts of Cook's voyages published between 1773 and 1784, the North American Pilot and West Indian Atlas by Thomas Jefferys (i 775); the North American Atlas (1777) and General Atlas (1778) by William Faden, successor to Jefferys; the Atlantic Neptune (1784) by J.