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A Chart of the Antilles, or Charibbee or Caribs Islands with the Virgin Islands
This 1784 chart of the lesser (or eastern) Antilles in the Caribbean is a beautiful example of the work of one of the most important and prolific chart-makers of the age, Louis Stanislas (D’Arcy) De La Rochette.
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||L.S. De la Rochette|
|Size Of Original:||w 18.4" x h 20.5"|
|Paper Type||Omnijet Superior Matt Graphic 180gsm|
Further InformationWorking from London, along with all of the major publishers of the time including William Faden and the Bowles family amongst others, De La Rochette engraved and produced many important and significant maps for publication using the latest updated surveys. This particular state of this chart differs from other published editions in that the islands have been left uncolored and the chart retains a subtle pink and brown tint.
Militarily, the islands which are close to both the North and South American main lands were important as they provided endless safe harbors and reliable winds. His Majesty's Naval Yard at English Harbour in Antigua was built starting in 1725. Its function was to maintain the British warships which protected the merchantmen which in turn served the valuable sugar islands of the Eastern Caribbean. It was also the Royal Navy's role to harass enemy ships, all with the function of increasing Britain's own wealth. The islands were the scene for many naval conflicts between the British and the French during the War of Independence and it was the French presence (and victories) which ultimately won the supply war for the American army.