Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
1764

Interesting antique plan of Cartagena Colombia

Ville de Cartagene dans l'Amerique Meridionale

DESCRIPTION: A very interesting plan of the walled city of Cartagena, Colombia in South America with North oriented to the bottom left. Cartagena was an important hub of the Spanish empire in South America. The plan includes a key at top that identifies the important public buildings, numerous churches, powder magazine, prison and fortifications. Unlike other maps and plans of the period this map provides little detail of the hydrographic nature of the surrounding bay.

Cartagena, a major port, was founded in 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, which in turn was named after Carthage in Tunisia. Settlement in the region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous peoples dates back to 4000 BC. During the Spanish colonial period Cartagena served a key role in administration and expansion of the Spanish empire.

From J.N. Bellin's "Le Petit Atlas Maritime: Recueil de Cartes et de Plans des Quatre Parties du Monde" (Small maritime atlas: collection of maps and charts of the four parts of the world), in five volumes containing 581 maps in total.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1764

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Colombia

BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Good.  Clean and bright with wide margins. On laid paper. Repaired wormhole outside neatline. Compass pointer has been defaced in ink.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 9 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 88

PRICE: $250

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