How reliable is Banks' Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England?

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Are there many mistakes in "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England" by Banks.  I was surprised yesterday to discover that he mistakeningly indicated that the acquisition of Aquidneck was by John Coddington, but it was actually William Coddington (Governor of Rhode Island).  See discussion here:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/720291/are-there-other-records-john-coddington-boston-rhode-island?show=720296#a720296

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in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 5 (59.2k points)
My recent adventure with the source was that it had accurate but quite incomplete information on what I was researching.

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My experience with Banks, beyond the specific error in the Coddington case, is primarily with his "History of Martha's Vineyard", which is on the one hand a phenomenal piece of work but on the other does include the occasional rare mistake. (He incorrectly speculated on the maiden name of one of my ancestresses -- I was able to track down an original record and correct the mistake -- and inaccurately speculated about the origin of another forebear.)  I would imagine that the "Topographical Dictionary" is similarly reliable in the vast majority of cases, but that it's always worth checking Banks against other sources.
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