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3692Coming Soon!DetailsHomann Heirs1743
Scarce antique view of Portobelo, Panama
Homann Heirs
$225.00Homann-HeirsScarce-antique-view-of-Portobelo--PanamaVery scarce birds-eye view of Portobelo, Panama in Colon Province during its capture and destruction in 1739-1742 during the War of Jenkins' Ear. The map depicts the town of Portobelo, Fort Gloria, and the immediate vicinity, including the harbor and Fort Hierro (iron), constructed across the harbor from Portobelo. Several sailing ships depict a naval battle scene and notes in the title block identify and explain sixteen important locations and actions on the view. <br></br> Portobelo was founded in March 1597 as "San Felipe de Portobelo". A military compound, Portobelo belonged to a Spain's colonial defensive system, including Veracruz (Mexico), Cartagena (Colombia), and Havana (Cuba), to protect the route of commercial trade between the Americas and Spain. Portobelo, where the annual late summer trade fairs were held, was one of the principal Caribbean ports and played a leading role controlling Spain's imperial trade in the Americas. <br></br> Published by the firm Homann Heirs. Homann Heirs (also "Homannianis Heredibus" or "Homann Erben" or "Heritiers de Homann") was a company established after the death of German cartographer J.B. Homann to carry on the map publishing business of the firm he started in the early 1700's. The designation "Homann Heirs" appears on maps published by that successor firm from about 1730 to 1848.
1088Coming Soon!DetailsColtellini, Marco1763
Attractive antique map of the Isthmus of Panama
Coltellini, Marco
$325.00Coltellini--MarcoAttractive-antique-map-of-the-Isthmus-of-PanamaDetailed and interesting antique (1763) engraved map of the Isthmus of Panama (Spanish: Istmo de Darien) showing interior detail and the Bay of Panama. Noted feautures include Portobelo ("Porto Bello"), Panama City, and Nuova Edinburg . New Edinburg was the site of the "Darien Scheme", a colony called "Caledonia" supported by the Kingdom of Scotland in the late 1690's. That unsuccessful colony was established by the Scottish Darien Company in an attempt to create a trading point between Europe and the Far East. The attempt was a disaster. When it failed the venture cost Scotland of an estimated quarter of its liquid assets and was an important factor in encouraging the country to the 1707 Act of Union which united the Kingdoms of Scotland and England. <br></br> The Gulf of Darién is the southernmost region of the Caribbean Sea, located north and east of the border between Panama and Colombia. Within the gulf is the Gulf of Urabá, a small lip of sea extending southward, between Caribana Point and Cape Tiburón, Colombia, on the southern shores of which is the port city of Turbo, Colombia. <br></br> Published from Livorno, Italy in 1763 in "Il Gazzettiere americano".
1089Coming Soon!DetailsColtellini, Marco1763
Attractive antique plan of Chagres, Panama and Fort San Lorenzo
Coltellini, Marco
$325.00Coltellini--MarcoAttractive-antique-plan-of-Chagres--Panama-and-Fort-San-LorenzoFinely engraved, antique (1763) port plan of Fort San Lorenzo and the town of Chagres, Panama on the north coast of Panama, now abandoned. Features include Chagres village, Castillo San Lorenzo, Forte della Punta, numerous depth soundings and a road labeled "Strado de Vento de Cruzes 56 miglia, e a Panama". <br></br> Spain's early trail to Panama City, the Las Cruces Trail, was reliant on the Chagres River for much of its route. Spain established Chagres at the mouth of the Chagres River, in the 16th century as a port for the purpose of loading its Peruvian plunder for trans-shipment to Nombre de Dios or Portobello where it would be consolidated and shipped onward to Spain. To protect the port, the Spanish established a fort, San Lorenzo, on a cliff overlooking the harbor. <br></br> Published from Livorno, Italy in 1763 in "Il Gazzettiere americano".