Old French Map Of The Black Sea Coast Is Now Available Online

Побережье в районе нынешнего Сочи. Рисунок из атласа к книге "Путешествие вокруг Кавказа"
Побережье в районе нынешнего Сочи. Рисунок из атласа к книге "Путешествие вокруг Кавказа"

The online map of the Black Sea coast of present-day Russia and Abkhazia based on the materials from the extensive work "Journey around the Caucasus" by Frédéric Dubois de Montpéreux was created within the framework of the project "Caucasian Atlantis". It shows more than 20 locations on the coast with descriptions from the old monograph with author's illustrations.

A Swiss of French origin, archaeologist, traveler, ethnographer, and naturalist Frédéric Dubois de Montpéreux (1798-1850) is known for his journey to the Crimea and the Caucasus in 1831-1834, the results of which he outlined in a six-volume work, the full title of which is "Journey around the Caucasus among the Circassians and the Abkhazians, in Colchis, Georgia, Armenia, and in Crimea". The six-volume work was published in 1839-1843 in Paris. Its highlight is an atlas specially compiled by the author, containing many maps, plans, and sketches.


Фредерик Дюбуа де Монперё. Фото: wikipedia.org
Фредерик Дюбуа де Монперё. Фото: wikipedia.org

This is how, for example, the traveler describes the surroundings of Sochi, as he saw them in the 1830s:

"Suchali Bay already seems to be different from the rest of the coast. It is quite open: the shale cliffs bordering the sea look the same. But already the hills take on a different character; they increase, becoming mountains and getting lost in several rows in the depths of the valley. The Caucasus is visible farther; nevertheless, forests are already mixed with fields."

The online map can be seen by clicking on this link. Here you can find a description of two dozen locations on the Black Sea coast – from the Kodori River in the southeast to the current Bolshoy Utrish Nature Reserve in the northwest. 


Иллюстрация из книги "Путешествие вокруг Кавказа". Фото: Геленджикский историко-краеведческий музей
Иллюстрация из книги "Путешествие вокруг Кавказа"


And today, on July 19, at the initiative of the head of the project "Caucasian Atlantis", a member of the Gelendzhik Local Branch of the RGS Elena Aseeva, a lecture by a military historian, translator from ancient languages Vladimir Tkachenko-Gildenbrandt will be held on the channel of the Moscow Glubina Gallery.

“Vladimir Anatolyevich is the author of the translation of the book by Frédéric Dubois de Montpéreux from French into Russian, published in 2019. The lecture will be dedicated to the teacher of the famous historian and traveler: Carl Ritter,” said Elena Aseeva.

The “Caucasian Atlantis” project is being implemented with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.