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Number: 282
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Cape Bojador, Cape Blanc, Senegal River, Gambia River, Sierra Leone,
Year of Origin: 1753
Title: Carte Reduite Des Costes Occidentales D'Afrique. Seconde Feuille. Depuis le Cap Bojador jusqu'a la Riviere de Sierra Leona. Pour le Service des Vaisseaux du Roy.
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 85.7
Width: 52.2
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Large
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: Jacques Nicolas Bellin
Publisher: Depot-General de la Marine
Other Contributors: M Rouille
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Notes: This large nautical chart of the West African coast, from Sierra Leone to southern Morocco, includes the Cape Verde Islands and part of the Canaries, all on a scale of about 1:3,000,000. A tremendous amount of information is presented along the coastline with soundings, safe anchorages, rocks and shoals. The major rivers are also shown in detail with villages, forts and notations. Bellin began working for the Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine at age eighteen and remained there for his entire life, becoming ingenieur-hydrograph in 1741. Though he never traveled himself, he gathered an incredible amount of cartographic information from various sources and compiled it to produce some of the most important French maps, particularly sea charts, of the 18th century
Last updated: Dec 2, 2009