"Cap de la Vierge Marie a l'Entree du Detroit de Magellan [on sheet with] Vue d'une Partie de la Cote du N.E. de la Terre de Feu, a l'Entree du Detroit de la Maire", Anson, George
Subject: Strait of Magellan & Le Maire Strait
Period: 1749 (circa)
Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 8.2 inches
36.3 x 20.8 cm
This sheet features two views from George Anson's voyage, showing his ships in the Strait of Magellan and the Le Maire Strait. In 1740 Anson set sail in command of a squadron sent to attack Spanish possessions and interests in South America. The expedition was ill-equipped and failed to carry out its original ambitious mission. By June 1741 when Anson reached Juan Fernandes, his force had been reduced to only three of the original six ships, while the strength of his crews had fallen from 961 to 335. After launching several attacks on the west coast of South America and recuperating on the island he collected the remaining survivors on his flagship, the Centurion, and set sail in search of one of the richly laden galleons that conducted the trade between Mexico and the Philippines. The indomitable perseverance he had shown during one of the most arduous voyages in the history of sea adventure gained the reward of the capture of an immensely rich prize, the Nuestra Senora de Covadonga, which he encountered off Cape Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743. From here he sailed back to Canton before traveling through Southeast Asia and around the southern tip of Africa. He made his way back to England, arriving in Spithead in June 1744.
Issued folding with faint spots.