Engraving very scarce. Image 260 x 180mm (10¼ x 7"). Slight creasing.
Don Jose de Mazarredo y Salazar de Muñatones Cortázar (1745-1812), considered to be one of the best Spanish naval commanders of all time. In 1780, with the Spanish and French siding against Britain in the American War of Independence, he inflicted a huge blow on Britain's war efforts by attacking a convoy en route to Florida and capturing 55 out of the 63 ships and 3000 soldiers and sailors, along with their cargo of 80,000 muskets, many field guns, 300 barrels of gunpowder, more than £1,000,000 in gold and silver and uniforms for more than a dozen regiments. During the French Revolutionary Wars Mazarredo initially had some success but he antagonised Napoleon, whose plans he called 'imperialistic and despotic', and was dismissed from the navy. Besides his wartime activities Mazarredo studied and taught naval theory. In 1778, as commander of the ship of the line San Juan Bautista, he compiled hydrographic surveys in the Iberian Peninsula, contributing to the creation of a Maritime Atlas. He also surveyed ports of South America. A large map is open on the table showing Australia.
From a scrapbook compiled by Rev. Willaim Bradford (1780-1857), Chaplain and war artist during the Peninsula Wars.
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