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Plan of the Camp of Tarragona
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Basire, J.
Place made: United Kingdom
Date made: 1750-1751
Materials: ink; paper
A plan of the environs of the Catalan (Spain) port of Tarragona, a British base during the War of the Spanish Succession, as Catalonia was fighting for independence from Spain. The surrounding hills made for good natural defences, as the map notes: 'The Hills marked with a cross are impractical for cavalry'. Nicholas Tindal (1687-1774), at one time Chaplain to Greenwich Hospital, first published a translation of Frenchman Paul de Rapin's 'History of England' in 1727, running to thirteen volumes; in 1732 it was enlarged with his own notes and maps. This map was published in 'A summary of Mr Rapin de Thoyras's History of England, and Mr Tindal's Continuation, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar, to the End of the Reign of King George I. Illustrated With Medals, Plans of Battles, Towns, and Sieges', 1751.