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Number: 3124
Continent: Africa
Region: North
Place Names: Gigeri, Djidjelli, Algeria
Year of Origin: 1664
Title: Gigeri en Afrique, Sur la Coste de Barbarie; et la Prise par les Armees du Roy, Commandes par Mr. le Duc de Beaufort
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 36.2
Width: 53.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: No Color
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Engraver: N. Lallement
Publisher: Pierre Du Val (Duval)
Other Contributors: D. Francisco Du Val Duval
Le Duc de Beaufort
Northernmost Latitude: 36.85
Southernmost Latitude: 36.75
Westernmost Longitude: 5.7
Easternmost Longitude: 5.8
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: Fine contemporary map showing the French Expedition to Gigeri (Djidjelli) commanded by the Duke of Beaufort against the Barbary Pirates in 1664. The map celebrates what would ultimately beome an unsuccessful expedition, launched by Louis XIV of France, to the coast of Algiers. Beaufort held the title of Grand Master of Navigation and Admiral of France, commanding a French Fleet for approximately 8 years. While the Gigeri expedition was at first considered successful, it was ultimately deemed a failure. The map provides a fine topograhical image of the town, harbor an fortifications, along with a smaller map showing the route from of Beaufort's expedition from Toulon to Mahon and then Djidjelli, on the coast of Algeria. The key provides in meticulous detail the location of the various participants in the initial attack and seizure of Djidjelli, including the dettachments of the Maltese Battalion (Order of St. John) and the Regiment of Picardie and other details. In the harbor, the prime anchorages are noted. The Djidelli Expedition The Djidjelli expedition was a landing operation from July to October 1664, conducted by the Kingdom of France , with the assistance of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Malta , the United Provinces and England, on the port city of Djidjelli to the east of Regency of Algiers . This military expedition aimed at seizing the city of Djidjelli and strengthening it in order to establish a permanent naval base to facilitate the fight against the Barbary corsairs of the regencies of Algiers and Tunis. The expedition was under the command of Admiral Fran?is de Vendome , Duke of Beaufort (cousin of Louis XIV and grandson of Henri IV ), while the land forces were led by Lieutenant-General Charles-F?ix Of Galean, count of Gadagne. Three months after the capture of the city, deprived of reinforcement because of the plague and besieged by the Berber and Beylical troops, the expeditionary body of Louis XIV abandoned Djidjelli and re-embarks for France. On the return trip, a ship (La Lune) was lost, with more than 700 men lost at sea. The map is extremely rare. We locate only the copy in the British Museum in 2017.
Last updated: Aug 26, 2017