Plano de la Habana por D. Esteban T. Pichardo Agrimensor y Maestro de Orbas
By: Jose D. Valdepares
Date: 1900 (dated)
Dimensions: 28 x 37 inches (71 x 94 cm)
This is a scarce, large format, folding map of the City of Havana, Cuba that was published in several different variations based on municipal needs. The map was made by Jose Valdepares for D. Esteban and T. Pichardo, the city surveyor and master of public works. This particular example was used to show garbage collection throughout the growing city.
The map includes the whole of Havana at the time, which covered an area from the Chorrera River to the East side of the Port of Havana. Today the city limits cover an area roughly ten times the size depicted. The map is color coded and numbered by district with additional information regarding dumping stations and other pertinent information regarding waste management. Additionally a table is provided in the top left listing the heights of various places above sea level during low tide in meters. Railroad line, streets, and river are all delineated throughout and contour lines distinguish area of elevation. Several landmarks shown in the map worth noting include the Colon Cemetery (est. 1876), Castillo del Príncipe (built 1767 - 1779), Castillo de la Punta (first built in 1590), and Castillo de Atarés (1767).
Condition: This map is in B+ condition, issued folded now flat with some minor fold separations at the margins, two of which just enter the map by a few centimeters. These have been reinforced on the verso using archival materials. Colors are bright, paper is clean, and margins are complete on all sides.
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