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Carte reduite de l'Ocean Oriental ou Mer des Indes [Reduced chart of the Eastern Ocean or Indian Sea]

Jacques Nicolas Bellin1757

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This hand-coloured chart was created for the French Hydrographic Office (Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine) and depicts the Indian Ocean, islands and surrounding coastlines. It served as a guide for mariners sailing between Australia and the East Indies.

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  • Title: Carte reduite de l'Ocean Oriental ou Mer des Indes [Reduced chart of the Eastern Ocean or Indian Sea]
  • Creator: Jacques Nicolas Bellin
  • Date: 1757
  • Type: Chart
  • Significance: The chart is an example of the high quality work produced by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, appointed 'Hydrographer to the King' for the French Hydrographic Office. His work provided case studies for chart makers from many other countries, notably Alexander Dalrymple, the first hydrographer to the British Admiralty.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 630 x 890 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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