15 KEULEN, .v/ extremely rare chart of Curacao/ Virtual Map Fair


Description: VAN KEULEN, G.
Title: Nieuwe Afteekening van het Eyland Curacao vertoonende alle desselfs geleegentheden mitsgaders de haven van St. Anna en 't Fort Amsterdam int grood, als ook hoe sig dit Eyland uyt der zee vertoont
Published in: Amsterdam, 1751

Size: 20.6 x 23.2 inches.
52.3 x 59.0 cm.

In original colours.
Condition: In very good condition.

Decorative and extremely rare chart of Curaçao with several coastal insets and an inset of Fort Amsterdam and the Bay of St.Anna (127x135mm.)
Besides the island of Curacao, this chart shows a wealth of information. In lower right a drawing of Fort Amsterdam. Inset in the upper center of the St. Anna Bay with the location of the fort. In the center a title cartouche in a medallion with the name of the publisher Gerard van Keulen.
Right-and left coastal profile views of the island. Scale in Dutch, English and French miles.

Curaçao was "discovered" in 1499 by the Spaniard Alonso de Ojeda. The Dutch West India Company (WIC) took over from the Spanish in August 1634. In 1635-36, the beginning of the construction of Fort Amsterdam, and in 1665 the slave trade by WIC starts.
After the bankruptcy of the WIC in 1791, the island became a Dutch colony.
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