A New and Accurate Map of the West Indies, with the Adjacent Coasts of North and South America


Heavily annotated map showing colonial ambitions in the New World prior to the outbreak of the Seven Years War.

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This richly detailed map covers the southern United States (including the Gulf Coast), Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and parts of South America. Published by Emanuel Bowen in 1752, it shows a fascinating host of contemporary details about European colonization in the New World.

Extensive blocks of text describe the routes of Spanish treasure galleons, unconquered natives of the Mosquito Coast, the 17th century charters of King James II, and more. Rhumb lines, two compass roses, and illustrations of prevailing winds and shoals highlight the strict reliance on regional maritime navigation – overland routes remained rudimentary and settlements were scattered.

Within the image, one can find the approximate outline of English territorial claims on the East Coast, the location of Native American tribes, forts and missions, and the profile of Momotombo – a volcano in Nicaragua that erupted in 1610 and forced the relocation of the nearby Spanish town of Leon. An elaborately embellished cartouche completes the image.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1752

Author: Emanuel Bowen

Sheet Width (in): 21.90

Sheet Height (in): 16.10

Condition: A

Condition Description: A few small edge tears and one extraneous vertical crease near the right neatline. One 2" tear along the top edge has been repaired on the verso with archival tape. Excellent condition overall, with lovely hand color.


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