By: Jan Jansson
Date: 1654 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 15.5 x 20.5 inches (39.4 x 52 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of Bermuda by Jan Jansson. The map was published out of Amsterdam circa 1654.
Based on Richard Norwood's 1618 map, the engraving actually includes two maps of Bermuda: besides the large depiction of Bermuda, is another small depiction of Bermuda ("Bermudas Insul, alias Sommer Island") in the center of the map. It relates in scale to the upper border of the map showing Cape Cod, Nova Scotia and Virginia.
The map is color coded into eight equally sized tribes, later called parishes. These were named for shareholders in the Company, and were further divided (by tribe roads) into lots which equated to shares in the Company. The Company's return on investment came specifically from cash crops raised on that land. A key at the bottom of the map notes the each family name, their specific lot, and the total number of shares they owned.
Condition: Map is in B condition, faint color, a few short marginal tears and an extensive centerfold separation the have repaired on verso, some light browning.
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