A Plan of Martinique


Uncommon map of Martinique with an accompanying article imploring Britain to retain the island.

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This fascinating little map of Martinique was published in London in 1809 as part of Ackermann’s Repository, an English periodical known for its articles and plates on fashion, architecture, and politics. Place names are provided in French, as the island remained technically part of the French Empire under the Treaty of Amiens.

That fact is casually tossed aside in the accompanying article, which provides a brief history on the island and argues that it should be retained by the British (the terms of the treaty were set to expire that year). Exports of coffee, chocolate, ginger, aloes and, most profitably, sugar, were one reason. Another, certain to appeal to supporters of the Navy, was the benefits of additional harbors for ship refitting and resupply.

The island was ultimately returned to the French at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, and has remained a French territory ever since.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1809

Author: Ackermann's Repository

Sheet Width (in): 9.00

Sheet Height (in): 5.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Slightly wrinkled and uneven lower edge to the sheet, but otherwise in near fine condition. Includes lovely hand color and comes with an acid-free matte for display.


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