Map detailing known islands in the West Indies including Avis, Guadalupe, Porto Rico, St. Domingo, Jamaica, Cuba, Bear Islands, Barbardoes, and many more. Of note is a dotted line "The Tract of the Galleons from Spain" and "The tract of 9 Galleons from Carthagene to the Havana" and "The Tract of the Flota from Vera Cruz to the Havana" amd "The Return of the Galleons to Old Spain". Many gulfs and Bay's are depicted. Small arrows pointing southwest might indicate prevailing winds.
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.
Inset of the eastern Arctic. The map was engraved by D'Anville's brother Hubert-François, who was commonly known as Gravelot and the cartouche by Thomas Major, an English engraver who spent the early years of his career in France.
Tooley calls this a foundational map of North America and the first to revert to the southern part of California as a peninsula since the early 1600's. It uses outline color to depict the colonial possessions although the colors used are not consistent or explained between examined online copies of this exact state.