[AMERICAN REVOLUTION] BRION DE LA TOUR, LOUIS Carte du Theatre de la Guerre entre les Anglais et les Americains: Dressee dapres les...
Paris: Esnauts & Rapilly, 1777 [but 1778]. Second state with the site of Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga (here spelled "Saharatoga"). Engraved map with hand-coloring. 29 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (76 x 51 cm); framed. Trimmed within the neatline touching or costing border on three sides, the left edge trimmed to the image, very small losses at corners, a few splits strengthened on verso, spotting but generally clean.
An important and rare map dating from the moment the French joined the American Revolution, this the true second state adding the location of Burgoyne's surrender (after having been surrounded at Saratoga) and the position of British troops at German Town and Frank-Fort, PA. The first issue of the map contains no military information whatsoever; the second issue as here presents the capitulation of Burgoyne on 16 October 1777; a third issue appeared in 1778 with expanded place names; and, lastly, the map was issued again in 1782 with additional troop placements in New Jersey and elsewhere. Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga was soon followed by the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in February 1778 (under which France recognized the United States as a nation). Ultimately the French were convinced to side with the Revolutionary forces, which resulted in Great Britain declaring war on France. Nebenzahl A Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans of the American Revolution, 1775-1795, 121.
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