"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Northern South America, Amazon
Period: 1773 (published)
Publication: Raynal's Atlas Portatif
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. He provided the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the natives used curare for poison, and introduced rubber trees to Europe.
References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pp. 18-25; Portolan (#46 pp. 8-24).
Nice impression and original color.