Carte de l’Isthme de Panama et des Provinces de Veragua Terre Ferme et Darien

Cartographer(s): Jacques Nicolas Bellin
Date: 1754
Place: Paris
Dimensions: 20.5 x 29.4 cm (8 x 11.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Detailed mid-18th century map of the Isthmus of Panama.


Map of what is now Panama with a bit of Costa Rica and Columbia. Numerous places are plotted, including Santiago (S. Yago) and Portobelo. The map extends to include the Gulf of Darien.


Jacques Nicolas Bellin

Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 1772) was a French hydrographer, geographer, and intellectual who worked for the Ministère de la Marine from age 18. Born in Paris, Bellin was appointed to the hydrographic office of the French Navy in 1741, rising quickly through the ranks to become its chief mapmaker. He was appointed to the Académie de Marine and the Royal Society of London. 

During his long career, Bellin developed new and very accurate systems for compiling coastal charts, and he became one of the most copied cartographers of the 18th century. Over the course of fifty years, Bellin produced a large number of maps for the Ministère de la Marine. His maps of Canada and French territories in North America (New France, Acadia, Louisiana) were particularly valuable because they helped secure navigation on the St. Lawrence River and formed the cartographic basis for French claims of the Great Lakes region and Mississippi River Valley. He died at Versailles.

Condition Description

Slight toning to paper and some paper chips along the lower edge; very good.