BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas
CARTE DE LA MER DU SUD ou MER PACIFIQUE
Map of the coast of Baja California and part of the Mexican coast, including Acapulco, recording the route of the voyage of Admiral Anson.’whose four-year voyage around the world is one of the great tales of naval heroism. In September 1740 Anson set off across the Atlantic with six poorly manned, ill-equipped vessels to capture Spanish treasure ships in the Pacific. He lost three ships rounding Cape Horn but went on to raid Spanish mining settlements on the coast of Chile. Although he and his crew suffered incredible hardships while crossing the Pacific in their one remaining ship, the Centurion, Anson managed to capture a Spanish treasure galleon near the Philippines. He sold this prize for £400,000 in Canton, China, the Centurion being the first British warship toenter Chinese waters (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Rhumblines criss cross the map
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Copper engraving. Later colour. Fine condition Size: 55.5 x 28 cm.