Bellin, Jacques Nicolas the elder (1703-1772): Carte reduite du detroit de Magellan..... Gereduceerde Kaart van de Straat van Magellan...
orig. copper engr. map; overall 28 x 40 cm; plate 20 x 35 cm. folds as issued, some faint browning, some warpping, o/w exc. cond.
This map is from the Dutch edition of Prevost’s ‘Histoire générale des Voyages’, engraved by Jacob van der Schley, and shows the Strait of Magellan between the Southern coast of South America and Tierra del Fuego. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is considered to be a difficult route to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents, and the narrowness of the passage, but it is shorter and more sheltered than the Drake Passage, which was the only other sea route between the oceans until the construction of the Panama Canal.
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