"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: South America - Amazon
Period: 1773 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.5 x 7 inches
36.8 x 17.8 cm
This interesting map is usually referred to as "the first scientific map of the Amazon." It shows the expedition in 1743-44 of Charles-Marie La Condamine, a French scientist and explorer. His was the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the natives used curare for poison, and the introduction of rubber trees to Europe.
References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pp. 18-25; The Portolan (#46 pp. 8-24).