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Map of San Juan and surrounding area, Puerto Rico


Map of San Juan and surrounding area, Puerto Rico

Vingboons, Johannes

Title on object: Aen wijsing vande vande [sic] voorneemste plaetsen in Puerto Rico

The map shows the island of San Juan on the north side of Puerto Rico, and the town and main buildings on it. This included the castle San Felipe, an important Spanish center of power in the Caribbean. The map is provided with an extensive legend (1 through 21), indicating the main buildings.

Also see Carte di Castello 51; Nationaal Archief VELH0619.87 and VEL566; Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Van der Hem 44:19, Bibliothèque Nationale de France GE C-1446 (available through their own online collection Gallica) Vatican Library Reg. Lat. 2105, fol. 77r (available in their own digital collection.)

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.

Please contact Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana for reuse and copyrights.

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)