Pas Kaart Vande Noord Oost Kust van Cuba en d'Oost Kust van Florida vervaatende de Canal van Bahama met de Bahaamse Eylende Door Vooght Goemetra
By: Johannes Van Keulen
Date: 1684 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 20.25 x 23 inches (51.5 x 58.4 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas by Johannes Van Keulen. The map was published in Amsterdam in the year 1684.
This is an impressive hand colored example of Van Keulen's nautical map showing the southeastern coast of Florida with a portion of Cuba and much of the Bahamas. The map shows the area of Florida from present day West Palm Beach to the southern tip including some of the Keys. Key Biscayne is noted as Cayo de Biscambos.
During the time this map was made, Dutch piracy was in full swing, especially with regard to the Bahamas and eastern Florida. The passage became one of the most active areas with regard to sea battles as Spanish galleons would sail from Havana to St. Augustine with riches before making their way back across the Atlantic in route to Spain.
Like most sea charts names of coastal towns and ports are listed while the interior remains void of any detail. Rhumb lines intertwine the map while two compass roses and a sailing ship adorn the vast sea. A decorative cartouche in the upper left shows natives with a parrot, a monkey, and three nautical scales of distance.
Condition: Map is in A+ condition with superb color on heavy paper and full margins.
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