Brass Surveyor's Compass

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Brass Surveyor's Compass

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Brass Surveyor's Compass

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Lt. Col. George Washington undoubtedly would have had surveying equipment such as this compass with him, since a major goal of the expedition was the creation of a road from Fort Cumberland towards French-held Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh.)

Washington's first survey exercise dates to 1747, which he was 16. The following year he accompanied George William Fairfax and James Genn, Surveyor of Prince William County, on a month-long trip west across the Blue Ridge Mountains to survey land for Thomas, Lord Fairfax.

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