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Havana and Fort Morro, 1762

Sketch of the Entrance of the Harbour of Havanna / shewing the Number of Guns mounted for its Defence, and / the Battery’s design’d against them. 1762 1762 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:4,800. | RCIN 733055

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A plan of the entrance to the harbour of Havana, showing the defences and the batteries erected by the British in 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south-west to top (cardinal points).

This plan does not include the chain which was strung across the mouth of the harbour; firing lines are drawn from the batteries on the north-east shores to the forts on the other side, which are shown in outline.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily, the letters L V G below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 950

    Condition: ten fold lines; formerly folded to 9.5 x 20.3 cm; worn along folds. Verso: heavy surface dirt on outside fold panels

  • Scale: 1:4,800. Scale bar: Scale of 400 Feet to an Inch.

    43.3 x 53.6 cm (image and neatline)

    45.0 x 55.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Sketch of the Entrance of the Harbour of Havanna / shewing the Number of Guns mounted for its Defence, and / the Battery’s design’d against them. 1762. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, in rectangular panel, a list of the numbers of guns, and their positions, employed in the defence of the harbour, and a key to the batteries deployed against them.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, ink:] VIII/72; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] XVII/[?]6-b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan of the entrance of the Harbour of Havana, shewing the number of guns mounted for its defence and the Batteries designed against them, 1762.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba (23°07'58"N 82°22'58"W)

    Castillo del Morro, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba (23°09'00"N 82°21'00"W)

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