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Spherical Map of the Granada Island
This map of the Caribbean island of Grenada was prepared in 1793 by cartographers aboard the Spanish naval ships Descubridor and Vigilante. The map indicates the coastline, coastal features, soundings, navigational hazards, settlements, and characteristics of the water bottom. The map is part of the Library of Congress’s collection from the Real Escuela de Navegación, Cadiz, Spain, acquired from Maggs Brothers, London. Several times during the 18th century, Grenada was the scene of fighting between the European naval powers. In 1762, during the Seven Years' War, the British captured ...
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Map of the Port of Mauritius
This late-18th century Spanish manuscript map depicts Port Louis and vicinity on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The map is oriented with southeast at the top. It shows the coastline, coastal features, soundings, anchorages, fortifications, a battery, windmill, hospital, storehouse, and the port. It also includes a keyed legend. The map is part of the Library of Congress’s collection from the Real Escuela de Navegación, Cadiz, Spain, purchased from Maggs Brothers, London. Arab and Malay sailors knew of Mauritius as early as the 10th century. The ...
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Map of Orinoco River that Includes Visible Islands and Tributaries at the Delta of the River, 1732
This early-18th century map of the valley of the Orinoco River contains extensive information about the Indian nations bordering the river, Christian missions and other settlements, the extensive array of streams that flow into the Orinoco, and navigational hazards and islands. The map includes a keyed index and a detailed historical note on the exploration of the river from 1682 to 1732. The note records information about the martyrdom of several religious figures. As indicated in the note, much of the information for the map came from different religious sources ...
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Plan of Table Bay with the City of Cape Town
This 1770 Spanish manuscript map depicts the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The map shows the coastline, coastal features, soundings, anchorages, a settlement, and a pictorial representation of a ship. It is oriented with east at the top. A note on the map indicates that Cape Town was inhabited by the Dutch, and that the map is a copy of a 1765 original prepared by a frigate of the British East India Company, whose officers allowed a copy to be made in ...
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Map of Cape Verde
This distinctive French map of Cape Verde and the Island of Gorée, Senegal, probably dates from the first half of the 18th century. The Portuguese were the first European settlers in this region, having arrived around 1450. In the 16th century, French and English pirates and merchants asserted increasing influence in Senegal. In 1633, the French established the Senegal Company, which was based on the gum and slave trades. Most prominently featured on this map are structures on the Island of Gorée depicting the renowned "factory" or slave-trading center. The ...
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Map of Northeastern Coast of Venezuela Including Trinidad and Tobago Islands
This clear and precise 18th-century manuscript map of the northeast coast of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago includes coastlines, coastal features, navigational hazards, soundings, settlements, streams and rivers (including the Orinoco River), and an ornate wind rose. The extensive note in the lower right hand corner of the map provides information about means of accessing timber in Venezuela. At the time the map was made, Venezuela was part of the Spanish Empire. The map is part of the Library of Congress’s collection from the Real Escuela de Navegación, Cadiz ...
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