Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine
Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine was established in 1720 as a repository and producer of maps, documents, and observations related to the French Navy. In 1773, it gained a monopoly on creating nautical charts in France. The King’s Council Decision of October 5, 1773, mandated that all nautical charts and instructions for vessels be exclusively composed and published at the Dépôt. The current successor to this institution is the Service hydrographique et océanographique de la Marine (Shom), which continues the mission of creating and archiving maps and plans for the French Republic.
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