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Map of Willemstad and environs


Map of Willemstad and environs

Heneman, Johan Christoph van / Schrijver, Cornelis / Esdré, Godfried Carel

Title Leupe: Plan en Profilen van de haven en Willemstad op het Eyland Curaçao, zo als deselve by naauwkeurige meeting en peylinge bevonden is op den 26 Aug. 1748.

Originally this rare hydrographical map with three profiles of the entrance to Sint Anna Bay, based on measurements and soundings taken on 26 August 1748, was probably the work of the military engineers Carel Gustaaf Schrijver and Godfried Carel Esdé. Two other version have been preserved in the Netherlands National Archives, under inventory numbers VEL598 and 4.OBPV 1.131, neither of which offer any solution to the identity of the maker.

This map is probably a copy made several decades later, given the style of the lettering and other elements in the representation. Its most likely maker is the military engineer Johan Christoph Heneman, who in the 1770s worked principally in Surinam, Essequibo and Demerara. See for comparison the similar map of Caracas Bay on VEL643.

Taken from: Overgekomen, 1748. van Curaçao, kamer Amsterdam, kohier inv. 39 fol. 4731.

North is up.

Scale-bars of 60 Rhineland Rods = 80 ‘strepen’.

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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)