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A sketch of the operations before Charlestown the capital of South Carolina

In 1780, the British tried to capture Charleston, South Carolina again. This chart depicts the six-week siege that forced American troops to surrender on May 12, 1780. This was the largest surrender of American troops during the war. Along with Samuel Holland, Joseph F.W. Des Barres conducted extensive coastal surveys of the British colonies beginning in 1764. Although their charts were prepared primarily for navigational purposes, this one features the fortifications constructed by British and American troops (colored yellow) and the British and American fleets. This version of the chart appeared in Des Barres’ The Atlantic Neptune, the most comprehensive maritime atlas of the period.

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Creator

Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (Joseph Frederick Wallet), 1722-1824

Date

[1780]

Publisher

J.F.W. Des Barres

Scale

Scale [ca. 1:11,800]

Language

English

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Subjects
  • Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1780--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Charleston
  • Charleston (county)
  • North and Central America
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Extent

1 map : hand col. ; 102 x 73 cm.

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • 1st state.
  • Hand colored.
  • Includes descriptive index and inset "Charlestown Harbour," ca. 1:430,000.
  • Appears in the author's Atlantic Neptune pt.3, no.18. London : [J.F.W. Des Barres], 1777-[1781].
  • This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence http://d2o8owo4k087al.cloudfront.net/index.html?mapId=82.

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