A FINE MANUSCRIPT MAP OF ORAN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FRENCH OCCUPATION

 

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AUTHOR:

SIGNED PERNAUD?

TITLE:

Plan De La Ville D’Oran et des Environs

CONDITION:

Manuscript, ink and watercolor wash, 12-3/4” x 19-1/2”. Minor spotting, overall very nice condition.

DATE:

1838

DESCRIPTION:

This handsome and minutely detailed manuscript plan of Oran, Algeria’s second city, must show the city and its environs shortly after the initial occupation of the city by the French in 1831. Carefully drawn by a French military officer, the map is signed and dated September 3rd, 1838. Virtually the entire city and landscape depicted here have long-since been obliterated by urban sprawl and development.

Most prominent are the walled Casbah and old city, with the similarly walled new city immediately to the east (left), dominated by the great citadel overlooking the harbor. To the east of the new city is the large village of Cargontua with its great mosque. Numerous additional sites and buildings are located and named, including many outlying fortifications, such as the great Fort de Mers el Kebbir west of the city. Halfway between that fort and the old city is the home of the French consul, surrounded by gardens and orchards.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 7621

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