A Plan of the Siege of the Havana 1762


A Plan of the Siege of the Havana, drawn by an Officer on the Spot, 1762


Antique map or plan of Havana, Cuba. This concise engraved harbor plan shows the disposition of British forces as they besieged and captured the city of Havana, Cuba in 1762, which at the time was a very important Spanish naval base in the Spanish West Indies. Shows two forts at the entrance channel: Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (or Morro Castle) and Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta. A chain to block the channel is shown stretching between the two forts.

The Anglo-Spanish War of 1761-1763 saw Spain drawn into a global war, entering on the side of France during the Seven Years’ War, itself an outgrowth of the French and Indian War in North America. The siege of Havana, during the Anglo-Spanish War of 1761-1763, began in June 1762, led by George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle, and lasted until August 1762, with the surrender of Governor Juan de Prado.

As a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Havana was returned to Spain but Spain was required to cede Florida and the Balearic Island of Minorca to Great Britain in return. Spain also received Louisiana as a payment for intervening in the war on the side of the French and as compensation for having lost Florida. Antonio Ulloa, who had taken part in a Spanish-French astronomical mission to South America, was appointed the first Governor of Louisiana, arriving in 1766 but ultimately was driven out of Louisiana in 1768 by French creoles and Acadians.

Published from London in Britannia Triumphant.

CREATOR: Anonymous



BODY OF WATER: Havana harbor

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean on strong chain-laid paper. Light offsetting to verso.



SIZE: 11 " x 7 "




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