Attractive antique map of France, England, the Channel Islands and the Low Countries centered on the English Channel. From the Loire Valley to mid-Wales. Shows counties in England, as well as the departments of France only a few years after the provinces of the Ancien Régime had been rearranged. Extensive information on roads, settlements, churches, soundings, tides, and currents.
This region was the center of attention in world politics of the time. The French Revolution upended the European status quo, and terrified the English aristocracy. This map would have been printed for a British public who followed closely the events of the region. 1795 was a particularly pivotal year, with naval engagements between the two powers of the Channel and a failed invasion of France that strengthened Republican power. Interest in the region would only grow with the ascension of Napoleon to the throne and the start of the Continental System.