Map of the Bay of Rio de Janeiro


Jacques Bellin (1703-72) was a prolific cartographer attached to the French Marine Office. His sea atlases reflected the careful mapping of bays, seas, and harbors that characterized 18th-century French naval cartography. In 1764, he published Le Petit Atlas Maritime, a work in five volumes, containing 581 maps. This map, from the second volume of the atlas, shows the Bay of Rio de Janeiro and its important natural harbor.

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Plan de la Baye de Rio de Janeiro

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1 map ; 21 x 32 centimeters

Last updated: July 8, 2014