This is an 1899 Captain Henry Bolland map of the Bermejo River and its tributaries in Argentina. The map depicts the river from its confluence with the San Francisco River (Rio San Francisco) to its confluence with the Paraguay River (Rio Paraguay). Perhaps the first printed survey of the Bermejo River, numerous locations along its banks are labeled, along with several tributaries and a handful of mountains and an inset map in the lower left corner situates the Bermejo River in relation to other locations in South America. The expedition was mounted and financed by Messrs. Walter and Stephen Leach, who owned a sugar factory in the Jujuy province of the Argentine Republic. The Leach Brothers wanted to know if it would be possible to send their goods by river, which would be cheaper than the nearly 1,000-mile rail journey they currently used to ship their product to market. Captain Bolland was a member of the expedition and an expert in the navigation of South American rivers. A member of the British Merchantile Marine, Bolland would be commissioned by the Bolivian government the following year to survey the Paraguay River and discover a location for establishing a port.
This map was created by Captain Henry Bolland in 1899 and printed by the Royal Geographical Society in 1900.
Royal Geographical Society (fl. 1830 - present) is a British Society established in 1830 to promote geographical science and exploration. Originally titled the "Geographical Society of London", the RGS received its royal charter from Queen Victoria in 1859 shortly after absorbing several similar but more regional societies including the African Association, the Raleigh Club and the Palestine Association. The RGS sponsored many of the most important and exciting voyages of exploration ever undertaken, including the exploration of Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard F. Burton, John Speke, George Hayward, H. M Stanley, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmond Hillary. Today, the RGS remains a leading global sponsor of geographical and scientific studies. The Society is based in Lowther Lodge, South Kensington, London. More by this mapmaker...
The Geographical Journal Vol. XV, No. 6, June 1900.
Very good. Foxing. Blank on verso.