"La Dominique prise pas les Francois le 8 Septembre 1778", Perrier et Verrier
Period: 1778 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
18.5 x 23.8 inches
47 x 60.5 cm
Beautiful, large-scale map of the island of Dominica showing the island following the French take over in 1778. During the 18th century, the English and French fought for ownership of this island, as it was strategically important to their colonial influence in the region. In 1763 Dominica was officially ceded to Britain. The French military then attacked the British fortifications in 1778, encouraged by the American War of Independence, and won. This map is very similar to Phillipe Buache's Carte de la Dominique Prise par les François le Septembre 1778 except it is lacking the insets showing the French military plans. The topography is well presented, as is the coastal detail. The body of water in the lower center of Dominica that is now called the Emerald Pool is here called simply the Pond. The towns of Roseau and Portsmouth are shown with their fortifications. The map is decorated with a striking compass rose.
Handsome map with attractive, later color. There are a few almost indistinguishable stains on the left of the map.