The magazines of London. c1725- c1800.
Around 1750, London witnessed the explosive circulation
growth of periodicals (mostly monthlies). These magazines,
generally extremely well researched, offered up-to-the-moment
political/economical/social information to their well educated
audience. Some of these magazines are still regularly published
Based mostly on/around PaterNoster Row, the Gentlemen's Magazine,
the Royal Magazine, the Universal Magazine, the Intelligencer,
the Lady's magazine, Town and Country magazine, the Scot's
magazine (in Edinburgh),. were the main source of information
for the british elite when it came to detailing and explaining
the latest developments in the far reaches of the Empire.
As such a full complement of cartographers was retained to
illustrate battle accounts, town sieges, harbor blockades,
and land conquests; almost in real time (for that period).
Thomas Jefferys, Thomas Kitchin, Emanuel Bowen and later his
son Thomas, John Hinton, John Gibson, John Lodge, John Cary,
and many other of lesser reputation, participated in the effort.
In most cases, the maps were of rather small format, and uncolored.
This small plan (4 ½" X 7") was first published in May 1762
in the London Magazine. It was reproduced at least three times
after this, notably by Andrew Bell (of the Encyclopedia Britannica
fame) in September of the same year for publication in the
In 1762, many Havana plans were published in England to help
the readership to better understand the military developments
in the Caribbean, culminating with the taking of La Havana
The plan offers a wealth of details on the town defenses:
forts and bastions, and the number of guns deployed. It also
enumerates and places quite accurately most of the major buildings:
palaces, churches, convents, hospital,. etc. The bay delineation
follows the standard coastline proposed in 1728 by Antoine
Jean de Laval.
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