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SPEER, Captain Joseph Smith
Plan of Cadiz Bay
London,: Capt.n Speer,, 1773. from Point de Rotte to Fort St. Louis latesly corrected and copy from an original at the Royal Academy of Navigation at Cadiz. The True Courses and Bearings are marked with the exact distances to the Anchoring ground at Pontalles. The Soundings are in Spanish Feet, taken in Calm Weather at the highest Tide Publish’d as the Act directs June 14th, 1773. Folding engraved map (520 by 742 mm to the neat line, full margins showing the platemark), dissected and laid down on linen in 18 sections, all with contemporary hand-colour in full, trimmed with green linen; with the engraved label of James Wyld titled in manuscript on the verso. A magnificent map of the Bay of Cadiz, with the title and extensive “Instructions” set within an elegant cartouche. The “Instructions” give accurate information on how to enter the port from every direction: “If you come from the Eastward you must endeavor to keep along the Coast at the distance of two Leagues…”. Speer’s dedication to Henry Frederick Duke of Cumberland appears in a very elaborate vignette cartouche, showing the Spanish coastline in the background. After Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492 Cadiz soon became the home of the Spanish treasure fleet, and a target for foreign countries seeking to strike at the heart of the Spanish Empire. Sir Francis Drake famously destroyed much of the Spanish fleet there in 1587; it was blockaded by the British in 1797-1798, and bombarded by them in 1800. Between 1800 and 1812 it was besieged by the French while it valiantly maintained its independen … [Click Below for Full Description]
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