Maps, Samoa Islands, archipelago, Bouclet
"Carte de l'Archipel des Navigateurs Decouvert par M. de Bougaiville en Mai 1768 et reconnue par les Fregates Francais la Boussole et L'Astolabe en Decembre 1787"
Copper etching by Bouclet. Paris, ca 1825
Island profiles are shown as well as an inset
First discovered by Dutch captain Reggeveen in 1722, the Samoa Islands were first mapped by Bougainville in 1768 and revisited and more delicately mapped during the Voyage of Captain Jean Francois de la Perouse in 1787. The archipelago is nowadays "Unincorporated Territory of the United States of America.
Original antique print
Very good condition. Wide margins. Vertical centerfold.
49,3 x 68,3 (ca. 19.4 x 26.9")
The Samoan Islands are an archipelago in the central South Pacific, forming part of Polynesia and of the wider region of Oceania. Administratively, the archipelago comprises all of the Independent State of Samoa and most of American Samoa (apart from Swains Island, which is geographically part of the Tokelau Islands).
The inhabitants have in common the Samoan language, a culture known as fa'a Samoa, and an indigenous form of governance called fa'amatai.
The oldest known evidence of human activity in the Samoan Islands dates to around 1050 BCE. It comes from a Lapita site at Mulifanua wharf on Upolu Island.
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