Auction 156, Lot 390

"Port de la Guaira a la Coste de Caraque", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: La Guaira, Venezuela

Period: 1764 (circa)

Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime

Color: Hand Color

Size:
6.8 x 8.3 inches
17.3 x 21.1 cm

A lovely bird's-eye view of the important port of La Guaira, which was founded in 1577 as the gateway to Caracas, just southeast of the port. La Guaira was an important Spanish port in the 18th century, and was heavily fortified due to numerous attacks by the English, Dutch and French armadas. The Battle of La Guaira was fought on March 2, 1743 during the War of Jenkins' Ear. The British were determined to destroy the port in order to weaken the Spanish Navy, but they underestimated the defenses of La Guaira and were defeated by the Spanish.

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Condition: A

Superb impression and color with wide margins. There are a few small spots in the blank margins and light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/17/2016

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