A plan of the town, fort and harbour of St. Louis in the isle of Hispaniola, or St. Domingo.
A plan of the town and bay of St. Yago, in the isle of Cuba.
- #2031a

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DATE: 1748

MAP MAKER: Anonymous

SIZE: 4" X 3 3/8', 4" 3 3/8".

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


These two small woodcut maps were printed on the same page in the May 1748 edition of the London Magazine. English text on verso.
The St Louis du Sud map (4" X 3 3/8") shows the general layout of the port with town and fortification on the south coast of present day Haiti. Interestingly enough: Knowles at that time was only a rear admiral, and the actual date of the siege was March 1748.
The Santiago map (4" X 3 3/8") depicts an amazingly incorrect layout of the bay and a wrong location for the town (which was actually on the east side of the anchorage, close to the end of the bay). The fort defending the entrance of the bay (San Pedro de la Roca, also known as the Castillo del Morro) is shown with the unexplained name of Wachanan.




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