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Affecting interview Moskito Men engraving Pollard Gravelot

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Affecting interview of the Moskito-Men


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Antique print relating to Australia


'Affecting interview of the Moskito-Men, one of whom had been left Three Years on the Island of Juan Frenandez by Capt.n Dampier' During Dampier's first voyage round the world between 1679 and 1691, a Mosquito (or 'Miskito') Indian named William was marooned on Juan Fern_ndez Island in the southern Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile. He was later rescued by Dampier. This occurred about 25 years before Alexander Selkirk's rescue from the same island. The Mosquito come from the coast of present-day Nicaragua and Honduras, an area that was a British protectorate from 1655 to 1860. They were taken on many early British voyages, as they were revered for their prowess at catching animals and fish as food for the crews. From "Moore's Voyages and Travels" published in London circa 1790 by Alexander Hogg. Laid watermarked paper. A couple of small spots. REF : AUSPORT

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artist Robert Pollard (1755-1838) after Hubert-Francois Gravelot (1699-1773)
method Copper-line engraving
date C1790
size 185mm by 290mm (platemark)
SKU AU5299