Map of the Attack and Taking of the Island of Grenada, 1779

The islands of Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, and Tobago were ceded by France to Britain following the close of the Seven Years’ War (1756-63). France temporarily recaptured these islands in the late 1770s during the period of the U.S. Revolutionary War, a conflict that had hemispheric implications. This elegant, well-executed French military map of the vicinity of St. George’s and the harbor depicts the July 1779 French attack on British-held Grenada. The map includes coastline, coastal features, anchorages, a grid of St. George’s, other settlements, British batteries and fortifications, roads, and pictorial representations of vegetation, cultivated fields, and relief. The map also shows the size and position of the French fleet off Molinière’s Point, the site of the French landing, and the route taken by French troops to various strategic sites (plantations) near and behind the town of St. George’s. The map is part of a series of watercolors and maps by the artist and cartographer Pierre Ozanne (1737-1813) depicting battle scenes in the eastern Caribbean between the French and British, related to the U.S. Revolutionary War.

(from the World Digital Library)

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