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Map of the Piscadera Bay


Map of the Piscadera Bay

Geerts, S.

Title Leupe: Plan der Bay van Piscadores, met desselfs ankerplaats, sterktens enz.

This map shows the location which was eventually chosen for a new fortification at the Piscedera Bay in 1740. The 1740 stronghold suffered from the same disadvantages as the planned fortification on Sint Michiel Bay, namely that the landing place on the beach or on the reefwas out of the range of the guns, but enemy ships could fire on the battery. To obviate this problem, the engineers Schrijver and Esdré (VEL606) planned a second small fort or redoubt closer to the landing place. Ten years later, in a slightly altered form, this is shown again on this 1754 map of Piscadera Bay by S. Geerts, complete with a more elaborated and annotated inset map in vertical elevation of the second fortification, which according to the title was built in 1744. This is just as incorrect as in the case of Geerts’ map of Sint Michiel Bay (VEL614); in that year work was commenced on this ‘Star Entrenchment’, as Geerts referred to the redoubt, but the project was never finished. His map also reveals that, in the intervening years, the existing battery on the southern headland was enlarged.

North is upper left.

Scale-bars of 50 Rhineland rods = [approximately 1 : 460] / [inset map] 10 Rhineland rods = [approximately 1 : 220] / [profile] 3 rods = [approximately 1 : 95].

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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)