A chart of the West Indies by Moll with an inset of La Vera Cruz. A Chart of ye West-Indies or the Islands of America in the North Sea &c. Being ye Present Seat of War Very uncommon map covering the present-day southern United States, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America with an inset of Vera Cruz. The map displays fascinating notations concerning the movements of Spain's wealthy galleons - "The Gallions & Flota usually joining at the Havana, ye whole Armada sails forth for Spain through this Gulf." This route took them into British waters off the coast of Carolina. Directions of trade winds, two compass roses, and rhumb lines make this a very attractive map. This is the later edition that was issued to show the theater for the War of Jenkins's Ear. Relations deteriorated between Spain and England over logging issues in Honduras and the perception by the English that the Spanish were restricting their access to the slave trade in the West Indies. This friction was aggravated by a continuing dispute over the border between Spanish Florida and Georgia. Prime Minister Walpole declared war on Spain in October, 1739. Two compass roses are shown to aid marine navigation for the major ports in the area. Freehand hatching is done for what is assumed to be deeper water, stipling for shoals, crosses for hazards, and arrows show the direction of the trade winds in the area. Vessel tracks of common fleet movements and relevant descriptions are spread throughout the map. A figure/ground contrast is created via hatching on the inside of the coastline. The inset shows a highly generalized view of La Vera Cruz and its harbour.
A navigational chart by Bowen of the North and Mid Atlantic. Lines of constant bearing emanate and criss-cross from the large number of compass roses within the map; common trade routes are shown with double broken lines; and trade wind directions are shown via arrows and hatching splined to the prevailing direction. Navigational hazards are marked as crosses, important fishing banks with stipling, and the description of plotted courses are written upside down save for the route that the Spanish galleons take on their return to Cadiz which is written in right reading. At the top centre of the map is a table that compares the positions of important locations with Henry Popple's map. Like most of Bowen's work, annotations and descriptions take up the majority of the map leaving little white space. Bowen's statement of responsibility for the map is located just below the annotation for South America, and his sources are credited beneath the Cartouche which appears to be in the shape of a drying page. A legend describes the symbolization, and the chart was presumably intended to be coloured as there is a key for colouration near the top-left.
A plan of the British town and fortifications of the Rock at Gibraltar from an oblique view. The legend found in the accompanying text describes the pertinent features of the plan, and two ships of the line are rendered in the bay. Letters key A-O is explained on page 299.
A plan recounting the Battle of Dettigen on the River Main (present day Karlstein am Main, Germany) that took place in June, 1743 between British, Havoverian, and Hessian forces against the French. This battle was the last time a British monarch personally led their forces during battle.
A nearly perpendicular view of British Admiral Edward Vernon's attack on the Spanish Fort San Lorenzo from across the river Chagres during the War of Jenkins Ear. A lettered key is explained on page 405. The legend in the accompanying text details the events of the operation; the description of PP uses very interesting phrasing to describe the bombing action. British ships are flying the Union Jack, and while it is difficult to discern a command flag, the triple decker with distinguishing rear markings may be Vernon's flagship. The scene is depicted in media res with Spanish cañoneros locked in a firefight with the incoming fleet from the shore batteries.
A plan of Havana and surrounding waters displaying military assets and action during presumably the War of Jenkins Ear. A letterkey A-O is explained on page 193. Of special interest is the chain stretching across the harbour from Morro Castle to the fort at La Punta. Each ship has discernible individual characteristics. Extensive hatching using multiple lengths and lineweights are used to highlight the shoreline, display relief, and represent the water upon which the ships are resting pictorially. Havana's buildings are generalized to hatched polygons.
A plan and description of some of the military positions during the 1742 Siege of Prague that took place during the War of the Austrian Succession. A lettered key from A-M is explained on page 461. As Marshall de Broglie (Broglio) had escaped the city by September, the rendering likely represents some time between the Prussians began their siege in June, and September of 1742 before Belle-Isle assumed command of the French. There legend for the map can be found within the accompanying text.
A plan of Porto Bello and surrounding waters, Panama displaying action from the War of Jenkins Ear. A lettered A-Z key is explained on page 191. Saltwater marshland is shown via stippling, The characteristics of individual ships can be discerned, while land defenses are more generalized.
A plan of the fortifications and city of Fort Louis, France, located on what used to be a very strategically important island on the Rhine. A key A-N, 4-17 explained on page 351. The exact location of the Fort for georeferencing within a GIS is unknown due to changes in the river from canalisation projects; therefore the coordinates and scale are only estimates. Fields are shown with stippling, trees are shown pictorially, and shorelines concentrically along with some stippling. The caption at the bottom describes the location of the fortress in relation to populated areas in the region, although it is approximately 31 km upriver of Strasbourg.
A plan of the city of Mahón on Minorca Island located in present day Spain. A lettered key explained on page247. A major British naval base at the time, important buildings, fortifications, and natural features are described by the legend in the accompanying text, along with the road built by Brigadier General Richard Kane; St. Philip's Castle and Town figure prominently at the mouth of one of the best natural harbours in the British Empire. Hatching is done both on land and for shallow water, and is differentiated a heavy light weight along the coast, and slightly different hatching patterns. Small vignettes of trees, windmills, churches, and farmhouses are present throughout the land.
A plan of Cartegena and surrounding waters as if attacking from the west. Attacking forces and Spanish fortifications are outlined in the legend found in accompanying text. The plan shows the Isla de Tierra Bomba connected to the mainland. Churches, fields, and forests are represented pictorially; the French ships at L are not individualized. The textual explanation places the city of Cartagena approximately 675 km to the north of its actual location. A lettered key is explained on page 193.