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Map of Santa Cruz Bay


Map of Santa Cruz Bay

Schrijver, Cornelis / Esdré, Godfried Carel

Title Leupe: Plan van de St. Cruz Bay.

As the caption below the drawing indicates, this copy project map after engineers Schrijver and Esdré pertains to the resolution of the States-General of 9 October 1743, in which it was decided to dispatch the engineer Jacob Ribbius to Curaçao to oversee improvements to the fortifications in the outer bays. On the map, probably according to the latter's design, two small new forts were planned on Groot and Klein Sint Kruis Bays, alongside or instead of the earlier stronghold on the headland between the two bays proposed by Esdré and Schrijver but not yet built. This new design included a small square tower fort, surrounded by low batteries on a star-shaped platform, which the States-General apparently also deemed suitable for the proposed stronghold at Porto Marie, Bullen Bay, Sint Michiel Bay and Piscadera Bay.

Soundings and relief are indicated.

North is upper left.

Scale-bar of 150 Rhineland Rods = [approximately 1 : 3,550].

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Sources and 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 (2012)