Direccion Hidrografia

1809

Antique chart of Montego Bay, Jamaica (Jamayca)

Bahia de Montego

DESCRIPTION: Antique Spanish chart of the harbor at Montego Bay, Jamaica (Jamayca) by Spain's Direccion Hidrografia. Jamaica was a colony of Spain from 1511 until 1655, when England drove the Spanish from the island.

Named features on this copper-plate engraved chart include:
  • Poblacion de Barnat (Barnett Estate Plantation)
  • Rio Montego
  • Monte de Richmond
  • Punta de Fuerte Viejo (the old British fort)
  • Punta de Arenas
Published in 1809, this large-scale port/harbor chart is one of 22 charts of ports in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica (on 16 plates) published by the Spanish Admiralty, the Direccion Hidrografia, in Part IV of the atlas "Portolano de la America Septentrional Construido en la Direccion Detrabajos Hidrograficos". Because of Spain's secrecy about its New World territories these charts represent some of the earliest detailed charts of these areas.

North is oriented to the left. Numerous soundings and hazards are marked. Plate Number 3. Scale in cables. Reference: (Materiales para una Cartografia Mexicana. Manuel Orozco y Berra. 1871. p. 216.)

CREATOR: Direccion Hidrografia

PUBLICATION DATE: 1809

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Jamaica

BODY OF WATER: Carribbean

CONDITION: Good.  On thick cream colored chain laid paper with a prominent platemark. Small repair to upper margin not impacting the image.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 9 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 5

PRICE: $600


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