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A View of Port au Prince in Hispaniola (Haiti)
A previously unpublished manuscript plan of the historic town of Port-au-Prince in Haiti
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||Lieutenant Patrick Leslye RN|
|Size Of Original:||w 12” x h 10”|
|Paper Type||Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm|
This charming little plan of the town of Port-au-Prince, capital of modern day Haiti, then Hispaniola is a very rare example of British mapping in the region. The city was founded in 1749 by French sugar planters. It was given its present name at the turn of the 19th century by the Jean-Jacques Dessalines; self proclaimed emperor of Haiti who, with British help, had expelled the French. With Dessalines, as governor-general, the entire island of Hispaniola was proclaimed an independent country under its Arawak name, Haiti. The following September he adopted the title of emperor as Jacques I.