Born in New Hampshire in 1763, he spent much of his adult life as a farmer and blacksmith in nearby Vermont.After seeing a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes at Dartmouth College, he decided to make his own.
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The three globes shown here were produced by James Wilson, America's first commercial globe maker.
He set about learning geography from an encyclopedia he purchased for the purpose and learned engraving from an experienced engraver of maps.
Around 1810 he had produced his first globe, and by 1818 he and his sons had established an "artificial globe manufactory" in Albany, New York, where they produced globes of three-inch, nine-inch, and thirteen-inch diameters.
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1876 – Lake Edward discovered to be a separate entity from Lake Albert.
1883 – Bolivia looses its access to the Ocean (Province Atacama).
The first step is to know the manufacturer and the time the manufacturer was in operation.
This will help narrow down the age of your globe by several centuries. Below is a listing of important discoveries and political names or border changes that are noted on most globes. We have created this detailed list by combining information provided by the Vienna Globe Museum (of the National Library of Austria) and dating information of globe manufacturers such as Cram’s and Replogle.
The difficulties in determining a precise age for your globe come from many different variables.