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Academies flourished in the early 19th century. While some were single-sex institutions, many admitted both girls and boys. To prepare young women to fulfill their primary role as wives and mothers in the new republic was the main goal of female education in this period. John Gardiner, an Episcopal minister, expressed this view when he declared that women were "the first and most important guardians and instructors of the rising generation." In addition to grammar, arithmetic and history, academies offered instruction in female "accomplishments" such as drawing, cartography, embroidery, painting and music. Cartography, or map making, required artistic skill as well as knowledge of geography. Harriet Goodhue (1799-1874) was about fifteen years old when she drew this world map for her course in cartography at Deerfield Academy. A map like this was frequently a final requirement that signaled a student's successful completion of the course.


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Map "The world agreeable to the latest discoveries"

cartographer   Harriet Taylor Goodhue (1799-1874)
date   c. 1817
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   20.5"
width   27.62"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Maps/Cadastral
accession #   #1923.10.02

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Dr. Joseph Goodhue (1762-1849)

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"Mitchell's Primary Geography. An Easy Introduction to the Study of Geography: Designed for the Instruction of Children"

"Universal Geography, Ancient and Modern: Comparison and Classification"

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