Plan of the city, and harbour of Havanna. - #2138

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DATE: 1762

MAP MAKER: Anonymous

SIZE: 4 1/2" X 7'.

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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 Scot's magazine (in Edinburg), the Lady's magazine, Town and Country magazine,. 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 map (7 3/8" X 4 ") was engraved for the September 1762 issue of "The Gentleman's Magazine". Its author is not known, possibly J Gibson. 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 british taking of La Havana in August. The plan offers a wealth of details on the town: forts and bastions, major buildings: palaces, churches, convents, hospital,.etc. The bay delineation follows the standard coastline proposed in 1728 by Antoine Jean de Laval. A little islet, once shown as Cross Key (Cayo de cruz), is normally referred to as Women Island (isla de mujeres) after 1728. On this item, it is colorfully and prominently designated as "Prostitutes Key" (cayo de putas).No comments.
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