One of the Earliest Depictions of Santa Barbara
"Mouillage de la Mission de Sta. Barbara", Duflot de Mofras, Eugene
Subject: Santa Barbara, California
Period: 1844 (circa)
Publication: Exploration Du Territoire De l'Oregon, Des Californies Et De La Mer Vermeille…
Color: Black & White
7 x 9 inches
17.8 x 22.9 cm
This uncommon map is a very early depiction of the young settlement of Santa Barbara. It notes the presidio and battery are in ruins. The mission, gardens and pueblo are located, as well as roads leading to the missions of Purissima Concepcion, Santa Ines, and San Buenaventura. Eugene Duflot de Mofras was a diplomat stationed in Mexico City. His role was to assess potential French interests (commercial and political) along the western coast of North America and traveled the region extensively. His account appears in Exploration du Territoire de l'Oregon, des Californies et de la Mer Vermeille….
A dark impression with wide margins and just a few spots of foxing in the image.