This is a hand-coloured example of a late 18th century depiction of Table Bay and surrounds. It shows well the Paarden Island where the VOC stabled its horses and where the first clinical trial (on smallpox) was conducted in South Africa.
Bellin’s chart of Table Bay accurately depicts the Bay and surrounds about a century after the Dutch settled (in 1652). The south-eastern shoreline was the site of numerous ship wrecks during the north-westerly winter storms. The Battery to the north of the village is the Chavonnes Battery, the surviving parts of which are now a museum in the Clock Tower Precinct of the V& A Waterfront. Jardin et Terres de Cultivees is on what we now know as Paarden Island. The Island derived its name from the stabling of the VOC’s horses. Less well known is that in 1803 Paarden Island was the site of the first clinical trial in the country: a trial by Dr. Reinier Debbitz, to establish the safety of Cowpox vaccine; this was the beginning of active immunisation against a dreaded disease that had devastated the nascent colony in the eighteenth century.
This map was published in ca. 1760 in Bellin's "Le Petit Atlas Maritime Recueil de Cartes et de Plans des Quatre Parties du Monde". This small sized atlas depicted many parts of the known world.
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin was an important maker of charts for the French Dépôt de la Marine. He was educated as an engineer and, as hydrographer at the Dépôt, he produced many important charts. His largest and most comprehensive work was the Petit Atlas Maritime with 581 charts that cover the coasts and important port cities of the known world. It was the best compilation of plans of maritime towns and harbours of its time.
An attractively hand-coloured example of this historically interesting chart of Table Bay - it is ideal for framing.
- Overall Condition: Fine
- Size: 16.7cm x 18.0cm
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