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"The Wines produced are of low repute"

Detailed map of Crimea, published in London by John Arrowsmith.

The map includes a extensive note on the history of the region and its present situation as of the mid-19th Century.  Of note are the list of largely negative information in the left column:

The Crimea scarcely produces Corn enough for its own consumption.

It has numerous flocks of lank Merino Sheep & herds of Cattle

The Goats were all destroyed about 1835 or 1837

The Forests are disappearing . . . 

There were in 1834 upwards of 2,000,000 Vine Plants -- The Wines produced are of low repute

Includes 2 inset maps of:

  • Sebastapol Inlet & Harbour
  • Black Sea


John Arrowsmith Biography

John (1790-1873) operated his own independent business after his uncle, Aaron Arrowsmith, died. After 1839, John moved into the Soho premises of his uncle and cousins. John enjoyed considerable recognition in the geography and exploration community. Like Aaron, John was a founder member of the RGS and would serve as its unofficial cartographer for 43 years. Several geographical features in Australia and Canada are named after him. He died in 1873 and the majority of his stock was eventually bought by Edward Stanford, who co-founded the Stanford’s map shop that is still open in Covent Garden, London today.