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Map of the planned extension of Fort Nassau

Map of the planned extension of Fort Nassau
 
 

Title Leupe: Plan tot een concept op het fort Nassau.
Despite the renovations around 1740, Fort Nassau remained an very modest defence structure which moreover, due to the predominant use of wood and earthworks as building materials (only the internal buildings were made of stone), rapidly fell into disrepair again.
This is a design for another round of renovations and partial rebuilding of the fort. The map emphasizes the new sections which need to be constructed through an elaborate index on the left side of the map.
This project plan for Fort Nassau was never executed.
On 8th March 1763 it was, ironically enough, partly due to Hattinga’s reports on the deplorable condition of the small fort that the then governor, Wolfert Simon van Hoogenheim (1760-1764), after all conceded to the pressing pleas of the civilians and the Nieuw-Amsterdam garrison to evacuate the place and transferred the population to Fort Sint Andries.
North is lower left.
Scale-bar of 300 Rhineland feet = [approximately 1 : 475].

creator Hattinga, David Willem Carel

(land surveyor / mapmaker)

period

1756

material

paper

category drawing
technique

coloured drawing

inscriptiion

continuation of the title (upper right): Plan Behoordende tot de Memorie aan de Wel Edele Achbare Heeren Directeuren deeser Colonie Betreffende ’t Fort Nassau in Rio de Barbice Gesonden met Kapt. Roelof Marprang den 27 Maart 1756. a key to the letters A to X (upper left): Renvoy. A. Het Gouvernement, ’t welke blijft staan. B. Nieuw Geconcipieert Fort, met sijn Bedekte Weg. C. Logement voor de Officieren. D. Logement voor ’t Garnesoen. E. Kruid Magasijn. F. Corps de Garde. G. De Provoost. H. Sortie na de Gragt. I. De Capitale Wal. K. Drooge Gragt. L. Brug van Communicatie. M.M. Twee Caponnieres in de Gragt. N. Bedekte Weg. O Laage Batterijen. P.P. Twee Places d’Armes. Q Traversen in de Bedekte Weg. R. Sluise om in cas van nood de Gragt te Inondeeren. S. Water met een Riool tot aan de Rivier. T. Het Huis Lust tot Rust. U. Broodhuis. V. Alhier soude men kunnen Plaatsen de Smidswinkel. W. Corps de Garde bij ’t Gouvernement. X. De Stelling. Hattinga, David Willem Carel

dimension

47 x 57 cm.

number

VEL1625

owner Nationaal Archief
location(s) Berbice New Amsterdam, Berbice (I)
fortification(s) Nassau, fort (Berbice)

fortification   Map/Chart/Plan  

Literature

  • 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), 168