Carte De L’isle De La Martinique West Indies. Bellin map 1758
Titled: Carte Due L’Isle de la Martinique.
Description: Old copperplate engraving in hand coloring of Martinique island in the Caribbean Sea, located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.
The island of Martinique has a long and complex history. The island was first inhabited by the Arawak and Carib peoples, who were later displaced by European colonizers. The French first claimed Martinique in 1635.
Martinique is known of the ruins of old sugar plantations, Fort Saint-Louis, and the Balata Gardens
Cartographer: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772) (Royal Hydrographer, engineer of the French Navy and member of the Royal Society)
Biography: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 - 1772). Bellin was born in Paris, and entered the Naval Chart and Plan Depot in 1721. He was hydrographer of France's hydrographic office, cartographer and geographer of the Navy. Also member of the French intellectual group called the philosophes (dominated by Voltaire and Montesquieu), and member of the Académie de Marine and of the Royal Society of London.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin's archives are held at the Montreal archives center of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
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Sheet app.: 14.5 x 10 inches. 37 x 25.5 cm. Image app.: 12 x 7.75 inches. 30.5 x 19.5 cm. Condition: Nice antique map in good condition.