Rare map of the theatre of the American War of Independence around New York
Theatre de la Guerre en Amerique; Seat of War in America
- Publication place: Boulogne
- Publisher: Samuel Swinton
- Publication date: 1777.
- Physical description: Engraved map, dissected and laid down on linen.
- Dimensions: 250 by 390mm. (9.75 by 15.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2537
It was produced for the ‘Courier de l’Europe’, a Franco-British publication founded by Samuel Swinton which ran from 1776–1792. It was written from London, giving an insider view of British politics, but its main audience was in France. An ill-advised letter regarding the influence of Marie Antoinette and the great minister Maurepas had seen the the Courier banned in France temporarily in 1776. An intervention by the playwright Pierre de Beaumarchais enabled it to start printing from Boulogne. It outsold every other international gazette of the day, and its editor in France boasted that he made more money from it in a year than Jean-Jacques Rousseau had made in a lifetime. Its aim was ostensibly to cover developments in America between Britain and its colonies and advocate French intervention; it was the first newspaper to publish the text of the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies in France. Despite Swinton’s apparent support of the American cause, he ran a network of spies from Boulogne throughout the war.
- Sellers & van Ee 731.
- Sellers, J. and Van Ee, P. (1999). Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750–1789. Mansfiel Centre (Ct): Martino.