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Map [Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore dans le Maryland.

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  • [Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore dans le Maryland.


  • "Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore (City, port and harbor of Baltimore) is a manuscript map, in pen-and-ink and watercolor, that depicts the harbor and environs of Baltimore, Maryland, towards the end of the Revolutionary War. The map was created by Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815), a young French officer who accompanied the army of the Comte de Rochambeau to North America in 1780 and served on his general staff. Berthier later became a marshal in the French army and chief of staff to Napoleon. The map shows fortifications, troop encampments of Rochambeau's army around Baltimore, batteries at the harbor entrance, and a ferry crossing the Patapsco River. It also shows Baltimore's street layout at the time, as well as wharves, houses, and area farms. The map highlights channels, soundings, and shoals in surrounding waters, and shows roads to "Frederick Town," "White Marsh," and "Spurrier's Tavern" (at the intersection of routes linking Baltimore, Washington, and Annapolis). Relief is shown by shading. The title is from a manuscript label, which was on the verso as originally mounted. The map is from the Rochambeau Collection at the Library of Congress, which consists of 40 manuscript maps, 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas that belonged to Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. Some of the maps were used by Rochambeau during the war. Dating from 1717 to 1795, the maps cover much of eastern North America, from Newfoundland and Labrador in the north to Haiti in the south. The collection includes maps of cities, maps showing Revolutionary War battles and military campaigns, and early state maps from the 1790s." World Digital Library.


  • Berthier, Louis-Alexandre, 1753-1815.

Created / Published

  • 1781?]


  • -  Harbors--Maryland--Baltimore--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • -  Baltimore Region (Md.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
  • -  United States--Maryland--Baltimore Region
  • -  United States--Maryland--Baltimore


  • -  Manuscript, pen-and-ink and watercolor.
  • -  Relief shown by shading.
  • -  Shows fortifications, troop encampments, and roads from "White Marsh," "Frederick Town," and "Spuriens."
  • -  Title from manuscript label on verso as originally mounted.
  • -  Scale ca. 1:26,400.
  • -  LC Maps of North America, 1750-1789, 1419
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
  • -  AACR2: 100; 440; 651/1; 650/2
  • -  Vault


  • col. map 25 x 34 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G3844.B2A1 1781 .B4


  • Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • gm71000978

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Berthier, Louis-Alexandre. Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore dans le Maryland. [?, 1781] Map.

APA citation style:

Berthier, L. (1781) Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore dans le Maryland. [?] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Berthier, Louis-Alexandre. Ville, port, et rade de Baltimore dans le Maryland. [?, 1781] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.