Carte de l'Isle de Caienne et de ses Environs (Cayenne, French Guiana) - 1753
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Antique uncolored map of the area near Cayenne, French Guiana, by Bellin, 1753. Shows cities, including Matoury, Montsinery, and others. Also shows native towns. Ignored by Spanish explorers, who found the region too hot and poor to be claimed, the region was not colonized until 1604, when a French settlement was founded. However, it was soon destroyed by the Portuguese, who were determined to enforce the provisions of the Treaty of Tordesillas. French colonists returned in 1643 and founded Cayenne, but they were forced to leave once more following Amerindian attacks. In 1664, France finally succeeded at establishing a permanent settlement at Cayenne. Over the next decade the colony changed hands between the French, Dutch, and English, before being restored to France. This map is in both French and Dutch. Good to very good condition with toning at edges. Has folds as issued. Approx. 8.5 x 11.25 inches to the neatline.
Antique Uncolored Map
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