An Important Early Map of Grenada, Identifying Each Individual Lot of Land on the Island
Rare separately issued map of Grenada by Daniel Paterson, first published by William Faden in 1780.
The map shows the entire island divided into numbered tracts. This is the second edition, which includes the following updates:
- Inset Plan of the Town of St. George and Port Royal
- Addition of Fortifications at Bedford Point and a note indicating 6 guns
- Battery located just east of St. Patrick.
The map is dedicated to Lieut. General Robert Melvill, Governor of Grenada, the Grenadines, St. Vincent & Tobago. Published in London.
The map shows all landholdings within the island, elevations, and rivers, as well as all the main towns, cities, and ports of Grenada. The key includes symbols for "Sugar Mills drove by Water," "Sugar Mills drove by Cattle," "Great Coffee or Cocoa Plantations," "Small Ditto," and "Pottery or Tile Kilns."
Daniel Paterson was an a British Army Officer and map maker, best known for his road books. Paterson commences his military career as an ensign in the 30th Foot, in December 1765. He was promoted to be a lieutenant in May 1772, and to a captaincy in the 36th Foot, in July 1783. He became a major in the army in March 1794, and a lieutenant-colonel on 1 January, 1798.
For many years Paterson was an assistant to the Quartermaster-General to the Forces, based at the Horse Guards, London. In December 1812 he was made Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, a position he held for the rest of his life.
Reference in the title is made to Monsieur Pinel, who seems to be one of the landowners noted as owning land in Grenada in 1763, based upon the companion work, Paterson's Topographical Description of the Island of Grenada, published in London in 1780. Each of the Lots shown on the map is identified with a number that corresponds to a name given in Paterson's Topographical Description.
The map is known in editions of 1780, 1796 and 1825. The map is very rare in each of the editions.