Le Rouge, George
1756

Antique map of Isle de Re, France

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l'Ile de Re

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Fine antique map of the Île de Re in the Charente-Maritime department of western France. Much emphasis on the numerous rocky outcrops, and points that endangered shipping. Contains detailed depictions of the redoubts and forts protecting the island's beaches. Features include Redoutte de Sablanceau, Fort de la Pree, la Flotte, and the walled village of Saint-Martin. The island's south coast is ominously labeled "Cote de la Mer Sauvage". From George le Rouge's "Atlas Nouveau Portatif à l'usage des militaires et du voyages."

The main port of the Île de Ré, Saint-Martin, was fortified by Vauban in 1681 as a one of many forts and citadels built to protect the military harbour of Rochefort. The island was later used as a depot for convicts on their way to the penal settlements of New Caledonia and French Guiana. The old city of Saint-Martin, within the walls of the citadel, was added in 2008 to the World Heritage Site list, along with 11 other fortifications of Vauban across France.

George Le Rouge was a Paris-based engineer and surveyor who had a shop on the Rue Des Grands Augustins, Paris. Le Rouge's tireless work earned him the title "Geographe du Roi". Number 48.

CREATOR: Le Rouge, George

PUBLICATION DATE: 1756

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very good.  Map has been cleaned and makes a very bright presentation. On strong, old chain-laid paper.

COLORING: Light outline hand-coloring.

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SIZE: 9 " x 6 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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