A REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE PLAN OF SAINT LUCIA

 

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AUTHOR:

FADEN, WILLIAM / WYLD, JAMES

TITLE:

Sketch of Part of the Island of Ste. Lucie...

CONDITION:

15” x 19” [19-½” x 19-¼” with text]. Bottom margin trimmed close with no loss. Some minor signs of age, two small ink spots, and one 1/2” clean split in lower fold. Overall a good example of this scarce battle plan.

DATE:

1781

DESCRIPTION:

The contest for the French naval base on the island of St. Lucia was “the first major battle in the West Indies” of the American Revolution. A well-timed attack led by Admiral Barrington on 12 December 1778 secured the port for the English allowing them to hold St. Lucia throughout the war. The island was a valuable acquisition for the British because of its proximity to the French stronghold of Martinique. A number of notable battles between the French and English took place in the Caribbean, where the fate of European interests in these rich island colonies was as much in question as it was on the mainland.

This highly detailed map is a later variant, which includes a letterpress account of the battle extracted from General Grant’s letter of 31 December 1778. There is extensive topographical and military information on the map, including the location of all land and sea forces and the names of each of the ships in Barrington’s victorious fleet.

REFERENCES:

cf: Nebenzahl, Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution, #150 (later state); Nebenzahl, Atlas of The American Revolution, p. 152; Tooley, Printed Maps of St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, Map Collector’s Circle #81, 1972, #27; Sellers & Van Ee, #2075.

Inventory No. 7466

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