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De la Rochette: Spain and Portugal

De la Rochette: Spain and Portugal
L.S. de la Rochette.
A Chart of the Coasts of Spain and Portugal with the Balearic Islands, and Part of the Coast of Barbary.
By L.S. De La Rochette MDCCLXXX. 2d Edition. London: Engraved and published as the Act directs, by W.m Faden, successor to the late T. Jefferys, Geogr. To the KING. Charing Cross. June 28th 1780.
Engraving with original hand colour.  536 x 720mm. The corners of the lower left and right hand margins have been repaired.
A large chart of Iberia and the western Mediterranean, published to show the European theatre of the American War of Independence. Both the French and Spanish sided with the Americans and used the conflict as an opportunity to try to wrest Gibraltar and Minorca from Britain. Having failed to capture Gibraltar in 1779, the French and Spanish captured Minorca the year after the publication of this chart.

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