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Map of Asia (1743)

Because the Grand Tour to Europe had reached its height by the middle of the 1700s, travel to the East was at a minimum.  Most travelers to Asia thus composed of a scholarly and adventurous group.  It did not always follow naturally that the European travelers were objective in their views of other continents.  For example, although the topics of The World in Miniature cover a wide range and indicate some open-mindedness on the author's part, his ties to England and to Europe are clear.  This is evident in the less in-depth and less detailed discussions he gives on Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  He also provides descriptions that are quite often mere comparisons to European standards --  there is a notieceable (but at times slight) decrease in objectivity regarding other continents.