Plan of the Colorado Rocks near the west end of Cuba.
DESCRIPTION: Copperplate engraved harbor chart of the barrier reef of Colorados Archipelago on the westernmost point on the island of Cuba. This detailed chart covers the far west point of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cape San Antonio and was published in 1762 by the prolific British engraver and publisher Thomas Jefferys (ca.1710-1771) in "A Description of the Spanish Islands and Settlements on the Coast of the West Indies, compiled from Authentic Memoirs, Revised by Gentlemen who have Resided Many Years in the Spanish Settlements".
The amount and type of detail on this chart , lacking in many charts of this series, indicates as great familiarity with the area. Noted points of interest include an Isle of Pines (Pinos), Cape Corrientes, several watering places, a grove of date trees, and a beach with "white sands with cockle shells" near an "old ruined castle" where several soundings and the symbol of an anchor indicate a landing might be made. There is an interesting notation at top center of chart that identifies a rock offshore "Seen by the Cornwall Sept 8th 1748".
Scale in sea leagues. Plate 25. Page 88.
TITLE: Plan of the Colorado Rocks near the west end of Cuba.
BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico
CONDITION: Very Good
On heavy, clean, slightly browned chain-laid paper with a fleur-de-lis watermark.
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