|Photogallery: Mahon (Mao) Harbor, Menorca
by: halsema.org editors.
|Roque Leonardi, of Italy, and his new wife Esperanza Balla, of Menorca, sailed from Menorca in 1768 heading for New Smyrna, Florida.|
Mahon, or Mao, as it is known has been the capital of Menorca, since the British moved it from Ciutadella in 1721. The reason being the harbour at 5 km long, over 1 km at Its widest point, and 15-30m deep it is one of the largest natural harbour in the world, this coupled with Its location in the Mediterranean, has made it a strategic stronghold for many nations throughout history.
Sailing Mahon Harbor on a tall cruise ship. Beautiful panoramic view. Use this thumbnail for 20 inch wide view.
|This version of the above thumbnail is a wide 65 inch image which allows for much greater detail although at a loss of resolution..|
|Contemporary map of Menorca showing its major cities.|
|Antique map of Menorca circa 1768 showing its major cities. Used with permission, Florida State Archives.|
|Antique map of old Port Mahon Harbor circa 1747 showing many major points of interest. Used with permission. Image permission and accompanying citation.|