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Profile of the island São Vicente island in Cape Verde


Profile of the island São Vicente island in Cape Verde

Cloppenburg, Johannes Everardus van

Title Leupe: Landopdoening van het Eyland St. Vincent op 5 mijl._

In April of 1762 the Directors gave instructions to find out whether the islands of St. Vincent and St. Antonio were suitable for taking on supplies and at the same time to check whether they ‘lay on the right latitude’, that is, had been drawn on the maps with the correct coordinates. The investigation was done by Nicolaas Pietersz, skipper of the Amstelveen on the way to Batavia. On 5 September 1762 he reported that the location of the islands was shown more or less accurately on the maps. A passing Portuguese ship had pointed the way and informed the skipper that the roadstead of St. Vincent was the usual anchorage for them. The skipper (probably actually a navigator) J.W. Cloppenburg drew this map to show the relief of the island at five miles distance from it on sea to ease the navigation towards it.

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Sources and literature

Brommer, A.B., Grote Atlas van de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, Deel V: Afrika