"[Lot of 2] Carte Reduite du Detroit de Magellan Dressee sur les Journaux des Navigateurs [and] Carte du Detroit de le Maire Dressee sur les Journaux des Navigateurs", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Strait of Magellan
Period: 1753 (dated)
Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
These two maps detail two important shipping passages between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The first shows the Strait of Magellan immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. During the early years of the Age of Discovery this waterway was controlled by the Spanish, which led to numerous searches for an alternate route to the riches of the Indies. Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten discovered Le Maire Strait in 1616, opening a new and much less treacherous route. First map measures 13.5 x 7.5 and the second 10.8 x 7.7"
There are some minor stains in the blank margins, not affecting the maps.