"Plan du Port de St. Augustin dans la Floride", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1764 (circa)
Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime
Color: Black & White
6.5 x 8.3 inches
16.5 x 21.1 cm
This copper engraved map details the fortifications of St. Augustine with good information on the layout of the town and fort and the soundings in the entrance to the harbor. St. Augustine is the oldest European city in the United States. Juan Menendez de Aviles established the first settlement nearly a half century before the first English settlers landed at Jamestown. St. Augustine grew to become the Spanish center of power in North America for almost 200 years. The British gained control of the city in 1763 at about the time of this map's publication. With rhumblines and fleur-de-lys in blank sea.
References: Phillips (A) #3508.
On a full sheet of hand laid paper with wide margins and partial watermark. A little scattered foxing in margins just into map at lower right corner.