Old Maps Collection
Plan de la ville et du port de Macao
Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas, 1703-1772, cartographer
City Plans & Views
[ca. 1:2,800] (E 113°32'49"/N 22°11'59")
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
22 x 17 cm, on sheet 31 x 21 cm
he map depicts a stylized built-up area, typical of a plan. However, the city walls and fortifications are in considerable detail which might imply a military use to the map. It identifies the Border Gate with an explanation of its purpose; the Green Island used by the Jesuits; the unnamed Chinese village of Mong-Há and the A-Ma Temple (Pagode Chinoise). However, the most detail is given to military information such as where the vessels are built in Lapa (Partie de l'Isle des Pretres) and its Batery (Batt); the location of the harbors; the major fortification of Monte (N.D. de la Montaigne); the Barra fortress (S.t Jacques et S.t Philippe); the bastion of Nossa Senhora do Bom Parto (N.D.e de Bomparto) and even a shore battery under the Guia fort (Nossa Senhora da Guia) where a lighthouse was built years later. This is a very common map of Macau that was published in many sizes and by many authors throughout the years.
Original is a copperplate printed map in the 'Le petit atlas maritime: recueil de cartes et plans des quatre parties du monde', 32 x 28 cm.
There is a 16-point compass rose with a fleur-de-lis indicating north. Rhumb lines for the principal winds are bold and the half-winds are doted.
Scale line underneath the title in black and white interchangeably.
Relief shown pictorially and by hachures.
Map outlined in double fillet.
Macao and its surroundings.
City plans of Macao.
Tome III, n.º 57
Petit atlas maritime : recueil de cartes et plans des quatre parties du monde
Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas, 1703-1772
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Provenance Call No.:
C.A. 62 V.