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Plan De La Rade Et Port De L'Isle St. Pierre By: Jacques Nicolas Bellin, 1764

1764 Plan De La Rade Et Port De L'Isle St. Pierre

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By: Jacques Nicolas Bellin

Date: 1764 (published) Paris

Dimensions: 8.75 x 13 inches (22.25 cm x 33 cm)

This lovely Bellin map features the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, located off the western end of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula.

The archipelago is comprised of eight islands which cover an area of approximately 242 square kilometres (93 sq. miles), of which only two are continuously inhabited, whose inhabitants speak European French. The map depicts the western region of the island of St. Pierre, along with some smaller islands of Isle aux Chiens, Isle aux Bours, and Isle aux Pigeons. Topography is represented pictorially and in hachure. Toponyms and depth sounds are delineated.

Immigrant seafarers from western France primarily Basques, Normans, and Bretons were the first to settle in the archipelago early in the 17th century, thus French is the common language, with French customs and traditions yet observed. The majority of the population observes Roman Catholicism. As one of the last remaining French footholds in North America, France has long subsidized the islands as local resources do not suffice to support the population. Supplies are provided via Nova Scotia. Cod fishing is still the only viable occupation, with frozen and dried fish, and fish flour being the main exports.

Condition: This beautifully hand colored map is in A condition, with a small rust spot including minimal loss of paper in the upper right outside the neatline.

Inventory #12686

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