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Antique French harbor chart of Havana, Cuba

Jacques Nicolas Bellin: Carte Hydrographique de la Baye de la Havane avec le Plan de la Ville et de ses Forts pour Joindre a la Carte de l'Isle de Cube

DESCRIPTION: Striking, original harbor chart and plan of the bay, town and forts of Havana, Cuba as they existed before 1762. Bellin identifies forty-five important locations in and around Havana and denotes their location on the plan alphabetically. Created by order of the Duc du Choiseul, French Minister of War.

With three inset plans "Le Fort du Maure" (Morro Castle, or more correctly- Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro), Fort de la Pointe (Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta), and Le Vieux Chateau (Castillo de la Real Fuerza) with 22 pieces of cannon. In 1762, after the Siege of Havana, the British captured all of Havana including the forts. All were returned to Spain a year later under terms of the Treaty of Paris.

This fine antique chart is from Nicolas Bellin, 1762, working for France's Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine.

With the circular anchor logo of the Depot de la Marine. Price when issued dix huit (18) Sols. No. 69.

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Good.  Strong impression and attractive hand-coloring. Reinforcement to top margin at right, not impacting the image. Ample margins. On laid paper. No folds evident.



SIZE: 22 " x 16 "


PRICE: $1350


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