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Our manuscript Hacke Atlas (1698), detailing the Americas’ Pacific coast, is one of 14 known copies made by English mapmaker William Hacke from captured Spanish sea charts. This Friday, join us online to learn more about it on The Clements Bookworm: The Hacke ‘Pirate’ Atlas with Fellows Chet Van Duzer & Danny Zborover.

Van Duzer explains indications of the locations of shipwrecks in Hacke Atlases and how information about the treasure on those wrecks was later added. Zborover shares what the Hacke Atlas can tell us about the deep roots of entanglements between the Chontal Indigenous people in southern Mexico, and English, French, and Dutch pirates. Register at myumi.ch/gjgzR - All registrants can tune in live or watch the recording shared via follow-up email.
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View of the 'Grand Assault' made by French and Spanish forces on September 13th, 1782 against the British garrison on Gibraltar during the Siege of Gibraltar. #OnThisDay

Several officers and aides-de-camp of the combined French and Spanish forces appear on horseback in the central foreground, including the Duc de Carillon, the Comte de Artois and the Duc de Bourbon. On the shoreline above the officers, there are batteries of cannons and mortars firing rounds. Trajectories of cannon and mortar rounds are illustrated with traced lines.

On the left-hand side there are tents of the French and Spanish encampments, warships in the Mediterranean Sea and formations of soldiers advancing toward the battle lines. On the right-hand side, several warships occupy the Strait of Gibraltar while numerous gunboats, floating batteries, ships of the line and landing vessels can be seen in the Bay of Gibraltar at center. The Rock of Gibraltar looms in the background, sustaining heavy bombardment.

A hand-colored print dating between 1782 and 1800—access this in high-resolution in the Clements Library Image Bank: quod.lib.umich.edu/w/wcl1ic/x-6029/wcl006102
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Here is a sneak peek of the exciting materials included in Thursday’s virtual festivity inspired by our Adopt a Piece of History program! Enjoy a collage of vignettes highlighting rare historical specimens, stories, music, and backstage views of our work. “Adopting” materials at the Clements—giving towards the costs of acquisition, conservation, and digitization—directly supports the preservation of past knowledge and voices for ongoing study.

Virtual Doors Open at 6:45pm on September 9. Please register for the link to join at myumi.ch/QAgde
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