Item details: Karte von der Sud-See oder dem Stillen Meere von der Mittellinie bis zu 39 1/2 Grad nordl Breite
ANSON, Baron George
Karte von der Sud-See oder dem Stillen Meere von der Mittellinie bis zu 39 1/2 Grad nordl Breite
Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1750
870 x 300 mm., in two sheets, with folds as issued in the book but here ironed out. Minor paper crease and binders tear repaired, otherwise in good condition.
This two sheet chart details the route the Spanish galleons take between the Philippines and Acapulco, Mexico. The tracks of Commodore George Anson and Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga are illustrated. The chart is found in the Dutch edition of the travels of Anson who left Britain in 1740 at the head of a fleet of six ships sent to attack Spanish colonial interests in South America. Within a year Anson fleet had been reduced to three ships and he had lost two thirds of his men. After resting in Juan Fernandes, he left on his flagship 'Centurion' in the hope of finding a heavily laden Spanish galleon. After such a poor start to the voyage they finally struck it rich capturing the Nuestra Seņora de Cabadonga off Cape Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743.