Chart of ye WEST-INDIES or the Islands of AMERICA in the NORTH SEA &c. Being ye Present Seat of War by Herman Moll Geographer
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.
The scale and coordinates were calculated from the scale bar and graticule. The scale bar is in English Leagues, and London is used for the prime meridian.
1 plan ; 28 x 34 cm ; 1 inset 6 x 3 cm
North AmericaSouth America
United StatesMexicoCubaHatiDominican RepublicVenezuela
West IndiesNew SpainNew FranceAntillesLa Vera CruzHispaniola
-99.793; -58.422; 4.553; 36.949
Unstated; likely Mercator
W. K. Morrison Special Collection
v.9, Apr 1740, opposite pg. 147
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