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An Unsuccessful Spanish Cartographical Project of the Eighteenth Century: New Data on the Plan-Relief Ministry of Charles III (2016)


This article considers the fate of an ambitious cartographical project promoted by Charles III during the last quarter of the eighteenth century that aimed to create a collection of models, or plans-reliefs, of the Spanish kingdom’s principal fortresses. Analysis of the extant manuscripts reveals the importance this project held for Charles III’s government from the outset, although it came to an end once the first model (a plan-relief of Cadiz) had been completed. The reasons for the abrupt termination of the project are discussed.

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Authors & Contributors
Lafuente, Antonio
Peset, M.
Peset, J. L.
Sellés, M. A.
Capel, H.
Puerto Sarmiento, Francisco Javier
History and Technology
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Scripta nova. Revista electrónica de geografia y ciencias socials
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Texas A&M University Press
British Library
Princeton University Press
Maps; atlases
Urban history
Science and politics
Science and government
Conference proceedings
Charles III, King of Spain
Birchynshaw, William
de Medici, Cosimo III, Grand-Duke of Tuscany
Medici, family
Cacho de Villegas, Alejandro
López, Tomáz
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
16th century
19th century
Early modern
20th century
Spain; Portugal
Great Britain

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