Le Rouge, George
1778

Scarce early nautical chart of Tampa Bay, Florida

La baye de Spiritu Santo, côte occidentale de la Floride.

DESCRIPTION: Fine and very scarce copper-plate engraved harbor chart of the "Baye du Spiritu Santo" comprised of "Bay de Tampa" and the "Baye de Hillsborough", by George le Rouge, from Paris. Coverage on this fine historic French nautical artifact covers areas in Florida that are today's St. Petersburg, Tampa, Brandon, Bradenton and Sarasota. Only one sale recorded in AMPR, 28 years ago.

Le Rouge noted only a few key features including: two references to "Eau douce" (Trans. 'sweet water'); a location noted as "Black Rocks"; "Egmont Island"; and "Long Island" (today's Longboat Key).

From Pilote américain septentrional by George le Rouge, this is one of the earliest available large-scale nautical charts of Tampa Bay with the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. Rouge's Pilote américain septentrional drew heavily upon the work of William Faden and Thomas Jefferys. The maps were modified with French nomenclature but their British origin explains why some place names are in English. Latitude is noted but no metrics exist for longitude. Distance scale is in English miles. Manuscript number "27" in upper right.

CREATOR: Le Rouge, George

PUBLICATION DATE: 1778

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Tampa Bay

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean and bright on fine chain-laid paper. Bottom margin 1/4".

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 10 " x 8 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 200

PRICE: $1500

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