L’Isle de la Martinique

A fascinating, almost cartoonish, depiction of the French colonial island of Martinique.

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The French first arrived in Martinique (the island itself was itself a castoff of the Spanish, who were interested in more profitable ventures in the New World) in 1635 and quickly built Fort St. Pierre (#7 in the lower left on the map). From that base of operations, they nearly exterminated the local Carib natives and took control of the entire island; turning it into a major exporter of sugar and coffee in the 17th and 18th centuries.

This map uses a mix of pictorial imagery, symbols identified within the legend, and careful labeling to provide a detailed overview of the island under French control. The index identifies an incredible sixty five numbered points within the map and three separate types of parishes; Jesuits, Capuchins and Jacobins.

Published in Paris by Nicholas de Fer in 1704 for his Atlas Curieux.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1704

Author: Nicholas de Fer

Sheet Width (in): 16.00

Sheet Height (in): 10.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Toning to the sheet from age and a few small spots of foxing in the upper right corner. Excellent condition, with fine hand color.

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