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Map of the Sunda Strait by John Thornton, 1699

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:03:57  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The author of this 1699 nautical chart, John Thornton, served with two English trading companies. The Island of Sumatra, the Straits of Malacca and the Sunda which are shown here were strategic passages to Southeast Asia and the Spice Islands. The style of this portolan, its harmony of colours and careful handwriting are the essential characteristics of the works of this English cartographer.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE SH 18 PF 194 DIV 2 P 4 RES
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Author : HOFMANN Catherine (Conservatrice en chef au département des Cartes et plans de la BnF)
Director : FERLITA Céline (CLT, UPS CNRS, Villejuif)
Scientific referent : FERLITA CélineHOFMANN Catherine
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cote GE SH 18 PF 194 DIV 2 P 4 RES

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BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)


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Geography ; History


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Java ; East Asia

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Item No.6872
PublicLarge audience
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