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Map of St. Eustatius


Map of St. Eustatius

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

Title Leupe: "Plan en profilen van de haven van de Willemstad op het eijland Curaçao zo als dezelve bij naauwkeurige metinge en pijlinge bevonden is op den 26 Augustus 1748.”

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 possibly based on 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 VEL598-599 and 4.OBPV 1.131, neither of which offer any insight into the identity of the maker. The map reproduced here 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.

North is right.

Scale of 1 : 2880 (plan) and 1 : 1440 (profile).

Marked on the back, "Register 25, Deel I, folio 118".

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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)