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The Mapping of North America

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This chart is about the Armada, not the famous one from 1588, but the little known one of 1779. It formed part of the Franco-American alliance during the American War of Independence and was an attempt by the French and Spanish to invade Britain. The plan was to capture the Isle of Wight and then the naval base at Portsmouth. Ultimately it failed, but it did force the British to reinforce the Channel ports. The map is engraved by Edward Sudlow (fl.1784-93) and drawn from a plan in John Harrison’s edition of Rapin’s ‘History of England’. The chart extends from Plymouth in the east to the Scilly Islands in the west. The text panel to the top left describes the ship movements, wind directions and times in detail. Not in Palmer (1963); Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

A Plan of the Situation and remarkable Manuvers [sic] of the English, and combin'd Fleets of France and Spain, during their stay in the Channel from Aug. 29th 1779. (the day the were first discover'd) to the 1st September following, when the lost sight of each other

London, 1789
230 x 380 mm., in outline colour with wash to the cartouche, in good condition.
Stock number: 10052


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