Fortress Tobolsk Tyumen Oblast Russia Antique plan Bellin 1758
Title: Plan de la Forteresse de Tobalsk.
Description: Tabalsk was founded by Yermak Timofeyevich's Cossacks in 1585–1586 during the first Russian advance into Siberia near the ruins of the Siberia Khanate's capital, Qashliq. It became the seat of the Viceroy of Siberia and prospered on trade with China and Bukhara. It was there that the first school, theatre, and newspaper in Siberia were established. In The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe made Robinson Crusoe stay in Tobolsk from September 1703 to June 1704. After the Swedish defeat at Poltava in 1709, large numbers of prisoners were sent to Tobolsk. They numbered about 25% of the total population. Many were not repatriated until the 1720s, and some of them settled permanently in Tobolsk.
Mapmaker: Nicolas Bellin Origin: L`Histoire Generale des Voyages published by Pierre de Hondt, The Hague.
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Size: Leaf app.: 18.5 x 16.5 cm. 7.25 x 6.5 inches. Image app.: 15.5 x 11.5 cm. 6 x 4.5 inches Condition: Excellent folded plan.