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Surveying in the 18th Century part II

This post is part two in Erin Holmes's series "A Few Technical Items: Questions about 18th Century Surveying Instruments Answered." Read part one for more on who became surveyors in the 18th century and how they trained. Today's post explores the various instruments...

How did you learn to be a surveyor in the 18th century?

To learn—and be licensed—to be a surveyor required a combination of book learning and hands-on experience. Among the most important texts on the subject was William Leybourn’s The Compleat Surveyor: Or, The Whole Art of Surveying of Land: By a New Instrument Lately...