Jefferys, Thomas

Antique British Plan of Puerto de Cavanas or Cabañas, Cuba

Plan of Puerto de Cavanas

DESCRIPTION: Antique hand-colored copperplate engraved harbor chart shows Puerto de Cabañas (Cavanas), Cuba in the Artemisa province on the Northwestern coast of Cuba, about 50 km west of Havana, Cuba. In addition to depth soundings Jefferys identifies only three features in his plan of Cabañas Bay: An "aguada" or watering place, Ysla Larga, and Punta Longa.

The Bay of Cabañas was used as a haven for pirates to plunder Havana . In June, 1558 governor Diego de Mazariegos received news that pirate galleons had captured two Spanish caravels in a naval battle at the Bay of Cabañas. In 1586 the Spanish adopted measures for their defense against unfriendly nations and pirates. Those defensive measures stationed frigates and lookouts in the port of Cabañas in order to warn the town of Havana of impending attack.

This scarce nautical chart / plan 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".

Scale in Miles. Plate 27. Page 90.

CREATOR: Jefferys, Thomas



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Good.  On laid paper with two horizontal folds. Old, successful reinforcement at the edges of folds. Uniformly and appropriately age toned. Good margins. No issues.

COLORING: Attractive hand-coloring in the style of the mid-18th century.

ENGRAVER: Jefferys

SIZE: 8 " x 10 "


PRICE: $325


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