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Part of the coast of Hispaniola


Part of the coast of Hispaniola

Vingboons, Johannes / Gerritsz., Hessel

This map shows the Cayemites, on the north side of the southwestern peninsula of present-day Haiti. Vingboons based this map on one by Hessel Gerritsz of around 1630. The map shows the island ‘Grand Caymit’, sandy shallows, a river where many pigs can be found and the ‘Negros bergh’. Soundings are indicated.

Other copies: Nationaal Archief VELH0619.43 and VEL564; Vaticans Library Reg. Lat. 2105, fol. 75r. (Digitally available in the online collection of the Vatican.)

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)