Old Maps Collection
A plan of the city and harbour of Macao : a colony of the Portugueze situated at the southern extremity of the Chinese Empire in Lat. 22 ⁰12ʹ44ʺ N., Long. 113⁰35ʹ0ʺ east of Greenwich
Baker, Benjamin, fl. 1766-1824, cartographer
City Plans & Views
JPEG2000, 6364 × 8366, 8MB
[ca. 1:32,600] (E 113⁰35ʹ00ʺ/N 22⁰12ʹ44ʺ)
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
71 x 54 cm, on sheet 72 x 54 cm
This hydrographic map was publisehd in George Staunton’s ‘An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China’. Britain's first official embassy to China, Lord Macartney (1737-1806) accompanied by Staunton, arrived in 1793 and was ordered to leave the same year. However in the short time the embassy was in the country much was learned about China, and the groundwork was laid for the founding of Hong Kong less than fifty years later. As the East Indies routes were controlled by the Portuguese he traveled via Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope and Indonesia. Macartney was twice granted an audience with the Emperor and was later sumptuously entertained by the Chinese viceroy in Canton, and returned to England via Macao and St. Helena, arriving in September 1794. On the map Macao is depicted in detail, with a 37-point key listing Forts, Parishes, Colleges, Covents, Chapels and other buildings of interest including the Customs House and the English Factory. The representation of buildings is geometrical, typical of a plan, and there are detailed records of the various streets of the Macao Portuguese Town.
Original is a printed map, 69 x 52 cm.
Scale line in English yards underneath the legend.
There is an 8-point compass rose on the background of the map with a fleur de lis indicating north.
Relief shown pictorially and by hachures. Bathymetric relief by soundings.
Map outlined in double fillet.
City plans of Macao.
Vol. 3, 11
An authentic account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China
Staunton, George, Sir, 1737-1801
Library of Congress
Provenance Call No.:
G7823.M2 1796 .B2 TIL