Laval, Antoine

Scarce antique chart of Bahia Honda, Cuba

Plan de la Rade de Baya Honda dans la partie nord de l'isle de Cube situee par less 22 degrez 48'. De latitude nord.

DESCRIPTION: Antique copperplate engraved harbor chart shows Bahia Honda, Cuba as it existed in 1720. Bahia Honda, is located about 50 miles west of Havana in Artemisa province on the north-western coast of Cuba. Laval's chart predates Thomas Jeffery's "Plan of Bahia Honda" by more than 35 years and is the earliest known detailed harbor chart of Bahia Honda. It does not appear, however that Laval's map is based on any observations made by him as the ship he was on seems to have bypassed the Bay entirely on its way to Havana.

From the report of French astronomer and Jesuit Priest, Antoine Laval (1664-1728): "Voyage de la Louisiane", an account of the 1720 expedition to the Florida and Louisiana coasts led by French officer Valette de Laudun. Laval is recorded as mathematician or astronomer on that voyage. Laval was a professor of hydrography and mathematics based in the city of Toulon, France. Page 137.

Vallette de Laudun led the French expedition to Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico between March and November, 1720. The 262-member crew embarked from Toulon, France, on the ship Toulouse , encountering Madeira, Martinique, Saint-Domingue, and Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico. Following a month at Dauphin Island, the expedition returned to France.

CREATOR: Laval, Antoine



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean and bright on laid paper with no condition issues. Washed.



SIZE: 6 " x 8 "


PRICE: $250


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