Carte des Isles du Cap Verd

Author: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Date: 1746
Location: Cape Verde

Dimensions: 22.0 x 29.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: G9160 1746 .B4


Although drawn and engraved in 1746 by Bellin, one of the most prolific mid-18th-century French cartographers, this map of the Cape Verde islands was published in the 1780 edition of Jean-Francois de la Harpe's ''Abrege de l 'histoire generale des voyages''. The map depicts the Cape Verde Islands, a small group of volcanic islands located in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, about 15ยบ north of the Equator and 385 miles west of the African country of Senegal. These islands were discovered and settled by the Portuguese in the 1450s and 1460s. During the subsequent centuries, the French and British tried to gain control, but the islands remained under Portuguese domination until 1975 when they gained independence.

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