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A Chart of Martinique, shewing the facility by which it may be completely blockaded by four ships of war

This beautiful, coloured and previously unpublished plan for the blockade of Martinique tells a fascinating story

Chart Information
Reference: A510
Date 1803-1804
Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist: Unknown
Size Of Original: w 21.5" x h 17"
Paper Type German Hahnemuhle Etching Paper 310gms

Further Information

This delightful little chart is in fact a plan for the British blockade of the French controlled island of Martinique during the Napoleonic War made toward the end of 1803.  The inscription, or explanation, makes for interesting reading as to the proposed plan of how to use the ships to patrol.

Once the British commander, Commodore Samuel Hood, decided to implement the blockade of the Island he was able to curtail the operations of privateers and intercept supplies destined for the French garrison.  His next move was to fortify the rock off the southern coast of the island.  Hood recognized that if the Island were fortified it would effectively allow the British to control the shipping approaching the ports on the western side of the island, as well as navigation between Martinique and its southern neighbour, St Lucia.

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