Saturday, January 18, 2014

Map of The Sandwich Isles (Hawaii)

The Sandwich Islands 1856
Ye Ole Map of the Sandwich Isles - Hawaii

Illustration by Ron Croci

Kauai, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Maui, Hawaii

postmarked in 2012 with a USA 'Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC' stamp (Forever a first class rate)

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Captain James Cook visited the islands on January 18, 1778 and named them the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty. This name was in use until the 1840s, when the local name "Hawaii" gradually began to take precedence.