18TH CENTURY MAP OF MARTINIQUE

 

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AUTHOR:

JEFFERYS, THOMAS

TITLE:

Martinico, done from actual surveys and observations, made by English engineers whilst the Island was in their possession .… London, Printed for Robt. Sayer … 20th Feby 1775. [Inset plan] Cul de Sac Royal.

CONDITION:

One large folio sheet, 18”x 24”. Period color.

DATE:

1775

DESCRIPTION:

This is the finest eighteenth century map of Martinique, based on the surveys conducted during the British occupation of the island, probably in 1762-63 by Capt. John Stott. The map was included in Jefferys’ West-India Atlas, published by Robert Sayer, London, 1775, the first standardized atlas for all of the Caribbean. It is filled with interesting detail, including towns, a hospital, fortifications, churches, anchorages, sugar works, cattle mills, and a place labeled “formerly the Jesuits.” There is a large, detailed inset of the town and harbor of Fort Royal based on Stott’s rare separately-issued 1763 map, and which contains a notation at Fond Gueltier, “where the English Forces under General Hopson [landed] in 1759.”

REFERENCES:

Sellers & Van Ee, 2063; see Phillips, Atlases, 2699 (29); National Maritime Museum Cat., 360 (95.)

Inventory No. 7997

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