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1742 – J. V. Keulen – Het Eyland Hispaniola

Title:                      ” Nieuwe en Naaukeurige Paskaart van Het Eyland Hispaniola of St. Domingo met alle dresslss Havenen, Dieptens en Ankergronden, als meede de door passeeringe tusche de Caiques en andere Eylanden. naer de Opservatien van Monsr. Frezier. . .​”​
This rare magnificent large chart of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico was published by Johannes van Keulen II. The chart was compiled from the chart made by Amedee Francois Frezier, Ingenieur ordinaire du Roy on Hispaniola. Van Keulen translated it for navigation and added new hydrographical information provided by Captain Hendrik Lijnslager, a Dutch naval officer, to whom the chart is dedicated. Five inset coastal charts, an inset plan of Santo Domingo City with a numbered key to major sites and monuments, and a superbly decorative dedication cartouche. Dutch naval activity in the Caribbean increased in the early part of the 18th century, due to a dispute with Spain over trade routes and from Spanish-American pirates. Captain Hendrik Lijnslager, of the Amsterdam Admiralty, explored several Caribbean-Atlantic sailing routes, eventually recommending a westerly route that was popular with English seaman. During his expedition, Lijnslager used a prototype of the Frezier-Van Keulen chart and had high praise for its accuracy. The chart was published between 1741, after Lijnslager’s return to Amsterdam, and 1748 when he was promoted to Rear Admiral. ​
Cartographer:      Johannes Van Keulen
Sheet size:           104 x 63 cm (40,94″ x 24,80″)
Year:                     1742 ca
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Few splits and brownish spots. Printed on two sheets, joined, as issued. Originally reinforced by mounting on paper.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1742 and not a modern copy or reprint!

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