By: Jacques Nicolas Bellin
Date: 1757 (published) Paris
Dimensions: 22 x 34.5 inches (55.9 x 87.6 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of the Atlantic Ocean by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, the Royal Hydrographer and head of the Depot de la Marine. The map was published out of Paris in 1757.
This highly detailed sea chart was produced to aid French ships when navigating the Atlantic during the French and Indian War, which was arguably the most critical time in the history of French Colonization. This sea chart comes complete with all necessary navigational information, such as an elaborate web of rhumb lines, over 10 compass roses, several different observations of longitude and latitude, 5 meridians, trade wined directions in the Caribbean, locations of shallow banks, reefs, and numerous depth soundings.
While most sea charts tend to only focus on navigational geography and ignore inland topography, this Bellin made an extra effort to include geography of the rivers and mountains throughout the Americas. Along the Eastern Seaboard, English colonies are noted with river systems shown flowing from the Appalachians to the Atlantic. Exceptional detail is given to Central America and the delineation of the Amazon in mapped to its fullest known extent.
Condition: Map is in B condition, some loss at the lower centerfold that does not come close to the image. The map also exhibits so water damage along part of the right and left margins that barely reach into the image. Four minute wormholes are also present within the map.
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