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Map of the coast from Wia-Wia to Cayenne

Map of the coast from Wia-Wia to Cayenne

Title Leupe: Kaart van Cayenne, van de rivier Cahani tot Rio Arrowarry.
In the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780-1784), France was an ally of the Republic. Both in the East (Cape Colony, Ceylon) as in the West (Sint Eustatius, Essequibo, Demerara, Berbice) French expeditionary fleets watched over the Dutch in this conflict to prevent the premature loss of important overseas possessions, but even so most of them still had to be ceded to Great Britain during the Napoleonic period. Hence, it was not strange that, at the beginning of November 1781, Governor Bernhard Texier of Surinam sent the military engineer Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Wollant to the neighbouring French colony of Cayenne to confer with the authorities there about reciprocal military aid (in other words, about French assistance to the Dutch colonies) and the supply of French weapons, ammunition and food. During this mission, which lasted until the end of January 1782, as well as his other commissions, Wollant collected data for his fine general map of the coast between Paramaribo and Cayenne under number VEL667. This probably concerns a draft by Wollant showing the coast from the Wia-Wia mangrove to Cayenne. Note that the Leupe inventory wrongly assigns this map to Jefferys and Mareechais; this possibly involves a copying error.
Scale-bar of 10 German miles = 65 ‘strepen’.

creator Wollant, Johann Friedrich Ferdinand

(assigned to land surveyor / mapmaker)


ca. 1781



category drawing

coloured drawing


0.65 - 0.47 El.



owner Nationaal Archief
location(s) Cayenne Wia-Wia Coast Marowijne River



  • Heijer, H. den, Grote Atlas van de West-Indische Compagnie = Comprehensive Atlas of the Dutch West India Company, II, de nieuwe WIC 1674-1791 = the new WIC 1674-1791 (Asia Maior/Atlas Maior, Voorburg, 2012), 208 and 313