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Map of the area around Manhattan


Map of the area around Manhattan

Vingboons, Johannes

Title on object: De Manatus op de Noort Rivier

This map shows the island of Manhattan and the surrounding area. Among other things, the indigenous villages, Dutch farms and some of the buildings in New Amsterdam, including the fort, are depicted. The legend explicitly mentions that the map depicts the situation of 1639.

Other copies: Vatical Library Reg. Lat 2105, fol. 49r; Library of Congress G3291.S12 coll .H3. Both are available through the online collections of their respective institutions.

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)