Homann Heirs

1743

Scarce antique view of Portobelo, Panama

Perspectivische Vorstellung des Hafens, Castels, u. der Stadt Porto Belo.

DESCRIPTION: Very 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.

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.

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.

CREATOR: Homann Heirs

PUBLICATION DATE: 1743

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Panama

BODY OF WATER: 

CONDITION: Good.  On chain-laid paper. Repaired tear in upper margin.

COLORING: Old hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 77

PRICE: $225


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