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Part of the north coast of the island of Hispaniola


Part of the north coast of the island of Hispaniola

Vingboons, Johannes / Gerritsz., Hessel

Title on object: Caert van Porto St. Francisco gelegen aende Noort zij van Española

The map shows the coastline around the present-day Baie de L’Acule, on Haiti’s north coast. It was based on a map of Hessel Gerritsz of around 1630, who made a series of maps of the coasts of Hispaniola, basing himself on a variety of source maps.

Other copies: Nationaal Archief VELH0619.86 and VEL562, and Vatican Library Reg. Lat. 2105, fol. 71r (the latter available in the online collection of the Vatican itself.)

Part of the Carte di Castello, collected by Cosimo de Medici III in 1667 and 1669 during his tours through Europe. Cosimo III bought the 66 watercolours by Vingboons in December 1667 in Amsterdam, through mediation of Pieter Blaeu.

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Sources and literature

Corbellini, Sabrina and Cattaneo, Angelo, The Global Eye: Dutch Spanish and Portugese maps in the collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici (2019)