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Map of Europe (1743)

By the mid-eighteenth century, the Grand Tour to Europe had reached its height.  This is evident in the abundance of information and detail the author gives to the Continent in his first volume.  It is interesting to note the topics he focuses on, such as government, monuments, major cities, and persons.  He obviously had easier access to countries such as Germany, France, and the Scandinavian regions, for he delves into deep discussion of many specific topics such as winter travel, "hard drinking," and military fortifications.  The choice of topics appears pretty arbitrary, but it seems to correspond to the make-up individual countires themselves.