Paris: 1738 - 1775. Detailed copper engraved map of Celebes (Sulawesi, Indonesia), showing Makassar, which was the most important trading city of eastern Indonesia in the sixteenth century. Makassar traded in spices, pearls, gold and copper, with the Chinese and Arabs; the first colonial powers were the Portuguese, who were replaced by the Dutch in the late 1600s. A Dutch fortress is indicated.
Bellin (1703 - 1772), one of the most noted French mapmakers of the 18th century, was named the hydrographer (chief cartographer) to the French Navy, and later, the Official Hydrographer to the French King.
6 1/4 x 8 3/4". Strong impression, very clean. Very good condition. Item #21545