The town & fortress of Gariah Vijaydurg Geriah Maharashtra GENTS MAG 1756 map
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The town & fortress of Gariah Vijaydurg Geriah Maharashtra. GENTS MAG 1756 map

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TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'A plan of the town & fortress of Gariah belonging to Angria the Admiral to the Rajah on the Coast of Mallabar'

Vijaydurg fort (sometimes written as Viziadurg), the oldest fort on the Sindhudurg coast. The Capture of Geriah, February 1756. Geriah was a stronghold of the notorious and formidable Maratha pirate Tulagee Angria. One of a family of Indian pirates plundering the trade carried in East India Company ships, he operated off Indias Malabar coast between Bombay and Goa, known as the Pirate Coast. Angria had strongholds on the little island of Severndroog, which had been captured by Commodore James in 1755, south of Bankote, or Fort Victoria, and at Geriah, south of Ratnagiri. Late in 1755 an expedition consisting of Royal, Company and Mahrattan ships was organised to destroy it, together with a contingent of Company troops under Lieutenant Colonel Clive. The expedition was commanded by Rear-Admiral Watson with Rear-Admiral Pocock as his second in command. In anticipation of an attack, Angria made a deal with the Mahrattans to give them Geriah, if the attack was called off. Although they agreed, Watson was determined to destroy it, and carried out a bombardment on 12 February 1756. Although he silenced the defence batteries, it was necessary to open fire again on 13 February before the final surrender the next day. Apart from the destruction of Angrias arsenal and fleet, £130,000 of spices and valuables were found. Angrias wife and family were spared and Angria himself escaped and fled.

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DATE PRINTED: 1756    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 27.5 x 46.0cm, 11 x 18 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

TYPE: Antique copperplate map

CONDITION: Fair-to-Good: Repaired tear in right hand margin extending c.3 cm inside the border. Repaired closed split along fold. The lower right hand margin has been restored. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic map, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

FOLDING: This is a folding map.


PROVENANCE: "Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle", by Sylvanus Urban, Gent. London: Printed for D. Henry & R. Cave, at St. John's Gate


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