A view of the Town and Castle of St Augustine, and the English camp before it June 20 1740.- #2332


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DATE: 1740

MAP MAKER: Thomas Silver.

SIZE: 6 7/16" X 11 3/8".

PRICE: $375.00

 

Thomas Silver; 1756-1846.
  Not much is known about Silver, the best guess is that he was an officer aboard the 40 gun frigate HMS Hector (built 1721 - broken down 1742). He reported and sketched his precise knowledge of the English positions at the begining of the siege in a lettter which was dispatched to London, said sketch was then used to draw this map which was published in the July 1740 issue of " The Gentleman's Magazine".

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 today. 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, Thomas Silver, and many other of lesser reputation, participated in the effort.
In most cases, the maps were of rather small format, and uncolored.

A view of the Town and Castle of St. Augustine. - 1740.
    This map (6 7/16" X 11 3/8"), derived from the 1589 Boazio map,was originally designed in 1801.It was printed in July 1740 for "The Gentleman's Magazine" issue of the month.
Note that North is on ther right side.
It shows the failed siege of St Augustine (June 1st 1740 till june 27th 1740). As part of the global British assault on Spanish possessions during the "Jenkins' Ear War" (1739- 17423) General James Oglethorpe launched a raid on St Augustine with a sizeable force (see details in the inset below the map). Faced with a resolute defence, mounting losses of men and poor weather, he could not but lift the siege and return to Savanah.
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