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[South America] Anson, A Chart of the Southern Part of South America... London, 1748. 19 x 19. BW. VG. Captain (later Admiral) George Anson was sent to attack Spanish possessions in the New World during one of many 18th century dynastic wars. Sold

From 1740-44 Anson and his crew suffered hardships but also carried out successful raids, captured a Spanish treasure ship in the Pacific, and circumnavigated the globe. Anson's prize money from capturing the Manila galleon (it carried more than one million pieces of eight plus valuable cargo) made him wealthy and gave him political influence.

This map shows the early part of his voyage, south from Brazil round Tierra del Fuego and up the west coast of South America to Juan Fernandez Island (where the 1709 rescue of marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk became the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe). Shirley, British Library G.ANS.1a, #2.

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