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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

William Faden (1 July 1749-21 March 1836)

Morne Fortune, 1796

PLAN / of / MORNE FORTUNÉ and ENVIRONS / From CHOC BAY to MORNE PETIT, / Shewing the Disposition and Attack of the British Army / Commanded by / HIS EXCELLENCY SIR RALPH ABERCROMBY, K.T B.N &c. / Surrender’d on 26.th May 1796 published 1 Feb 1798

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:15,000 approx. | RCIN 735042

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A topographical map of the area around Port of Castries showing the fort of Morne Fortune and the routes taken by British troops on their approach to its capture on 26 May 1796. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8). Oriented with east-south-east to top (compass rose).

Morne Fortune was a fortified area in the north-west of St Lucia, south of Castries and overlooking it. The map shows, in colour, the landing place of the British troops in Choc Bay, and the route they took up to Morne Fortune, a French fortification, which the British captured on 26 May 1796.

  • William Faden (1 July 1749-21 March 1836) (publisher) [top right, below title:] Published with Permission, / By W. Faden Geographer to His Majesty & to HRH the Prince of Wales Charing Cross / Feb. 1st 1798.

  • Watermark: 1794 JWHATMAN

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: brown and induced discolouration; offsetting from another copy of the same map

  • Scale: 1:15,000 approx. Scale bar: Scale of 500 Toises [65 mm =].

    41.1 x 61.8 cm (neatline)

    48.2 x 62.9 cm (image)

    49.3 x 65.2 cm (platemark)

    54.6 x 68.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / of / MORNE FORTUNÉ and ENVIRONS / From CHOC BAY to MORNE PETIT, / Shewing the Disposition and Attack of the British Army / Commanded by / HIS EXCELLENCY SIR RALPH ABERCROMBY, K.T B.N &c. / Surrender’d on 26.th May 1796. [top right]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below map, a key, 1-39, the '39' written wrongly as '30':] REFERENCES to the PLAN of ATTACK. [and another key, A-Z:] REFERENCES to the Buildings &c. on MORNE FORTUNE.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Morne Fortuné 26 May 1796.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased, partially legible: [?]-1.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Morne Fortune Plan of Morne Fortune in the Island of S.t Lucia, and Environs from Choc Bay to Morne Petit; shewing the disposition and attack of the British Army commanded by Sir Ralph Abercromby, surrendered on the 26.th May 1796: published by Faden, 1798.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Morne Fortune, Castries, Saint Lucia (13°59'00"N 60°59'00"W)

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