Mappa Geographica, complectens I. Indiae Occidentalem II. Isthmum Panamensem III. Ichnographiam praecipurorum locorum & portuum as has terras pertinentium
By: Homann Heirs
Date: 1740 (circa) Nuremberg
Original Size: 22.75 x 19 inches (57.8 x 48.5 cm)
This is a reproduction of an authentic antique map of the Caribbean with several smaller inserts surrounding, by Homann Heirs. The map was published in Nuremberg circa 1740.
This exciting copper-plate engraving focuses on the Caribbean, showing portions of North, Central, and South America. The large central map is titled Carte de Isles de l’Amerique et Deplusieurs Pays Terre Ferme,” and credits D’Anville for the cartography. The map is color coded showing European possessions throughout the area. The main map is surrounded by 5 smaller insert maps that include the Isthmus of Panama, one of the earliest obtainable plans of St. Augustine, a bird’s eye view of Mexico City, and plans of Vera Cruz and San Domingo.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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