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Map of Lesser Antilles
Joan Vinckeboons (1617–70) was a Dutch cartographer and engraver born into a family of artists of Flemish origin. He was employed by the Dutch West India Company and for more than 30 years produced maps for use by Dutch mercantile and military shipping. He was a business partner of Joan Blaeu, one of the most important map and atlas publishers of the day. Vinckeboons drew a series of 200 manuscript maps that were used in the production of atlases, including Blaeu’s Atlas Maior. This pen-and-ink and watercolor map ...
Venezuela Together with the Southern Part of New Andalusia
Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) was the son of Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), a Flemish cartographer and engraver who settled in Amsterdam in about 1593 and established a business that produced globes and the first large maps of the world. In 1604, Hondius acquired the plates for Mercator’s world atlas and in 1606 published a new edition of this famous work. Following Hondius’ death in 1612, Henricus and his brother Jodocus carried on the family business. With his brother-in-law Johann Jansson, Henricus continued publication of what became known as the Mercator-Hondius atlas ...
This photograph from Trinidad and Tobago shows goats outfitted for racing being led by their handlers. In the sport of goat racing, the jockeys run behind the goats to urge them on, making the race a test of both human and animal endurance and speed. The photograph is from the collection of the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes 45,000 photographs illustrative of life and culture in the Americas. Many of the photographs were taken by prominent photographers on OAS missions to member ...
Steelband Playing on the Beach
This photograph from Trinidad and Tobago shows the Old Oak Starlift Steel Orchestra playing on a beach. The musicians are known as pannists. Steel pan music originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Steel pans are percussion instruments that are made of 55-gallon oil drums and tuned chromatically. The photograph is from the collection of the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes 45,000 photographs illustrative of life and culture in the Americas. Many of the photographs were taken by prominent photographers on OAS missions to ...
Attending Muslim Festival
This photograph shows men and young boys at a Muslim festival in Trinidad and Tobago. The Muslim minority in Trinidad is comprised mainly of people whose ancestors were brought from South Asia in the 19th century, when Trinidad was part of the British Empire. The photograph is from the collection of the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes 45,000 photographs illustrative of life and culture in the Americas. Many of the photographs were taken by prominent photographers on OAS missions to member countries ...
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 ...
Map of Fort Scarborough, Formerly Castries, as it was Delivered to French Troops, by the English, on the 15th of Vendémiaire Year 11
In the colonial era, the Dutch, British, and French vied for control of the island of Tobago. In 1777, when they were in possession of the island, the French began constructing a fort which they called Fort Castries. The British captured the island in 1793 but were obliged to return it to France under the terms of the 1802 Treaty of Amiens. This plan depicts the fort, referred to by its British name of Fort Scarborough, at the time of its transfer from Britain to France. Shown are the structure ...