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 Hilsborough", 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. North is oriented toward the left of the page.
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 the Gulf of Mexico. Rouge's Pilote americain septentrionale 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".