Geographical Chart of the Valleys of Andorra

Description

The Consell General de les Valls (General Council of the Valleys, the elected assembly of Andorra) commissioned the geographic engineer to the king of France to create this map of the Valleys of Andorra, taking advantage of his presence in Andorra while on a work assignment for the Carte générale de la France (General map of France). The latter was a project then coordinated by Jean-Dominique Cassini (1748‒1845‏), one of a family of cartographers. The map shows the borders of Andorra with Spain, and the gates into the principality. The map indicates villages and their names, roads, and rivers and streams. Other features shown, as identified by the key on the lower right, include churches and chapels, water mills, roads, stone and wooden bridges, ponds, an iron mine and a forge, and the ruins of chateaux. Trees are used to show wooded areas. Relief is shown pictorially. Scale on the map is given in toises; one toise equals about 1.95 meters.

Last updated: March 24, 2017