Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of the West Indies


Interesting overview of the colonial situation in the West Indies from first quarter of the 19th century.

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Having obtained their name to distinguish the islands from the East Indies of Southeast Asia, the West Indies were first visited by Columbus during his historic voyage of 1492. Post-Columbian contact brought waves of European invaders, diseases, and the scourge of African slavery – decimating local populations, cultures, and economies that had existed for hundreds of years. Native inhabitants were wiped out, and their local way of life was supplanted by the plantation system. Those indigenous people that remained were quickly brought under the control of European colonizing powers, where they would remain for nearly 400 years.

This map shows the waning period of colonial occupation in the Americas, with the majority of North and South America having attained their independence in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Caribbean was different, however, and each island is shown colored in the distinctive shade of its respective European “owner” – yellow for Spanish, green for the Dutch, and red for the British. Interior details are scarce, with place names confined largely to the coasts, but numerous navigational hazards and keys are depicted. Surrounding the image are numerous blocks of text outlining the climate, geography, history, and political organization of the West Indies; including a table of the islands with demographics and “to whom belonging.”

The map was drawn by Fielding Lucas, Jr. and engraved by Young & Delleker. It was included as sheet number 39 in the 1824 edition of Carey & Lea’s Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1824

Author: Carey & Lea

Sheet Width (in): 21.75

Sheet Height (in): 17.25

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Minor discoloration visible along the vertical centerfold and several spots of faint spotting within the image. A few small tears around the outer edges of the sheet. Very good overall, with original color.


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