"Carte Reduite de L'iIle de Margarita et du Golfe de Cariaco…", Depot de la Marine
Period: 1822 (dated)
Color: Black & White
22.5 x 18.5 inches
57.2 x 47 cm
Chart of Margarita, Cubagua and Coche Islands of Venezuela and the surrounding Golfe de Cariaco. The chart is oriented with north at bottom. The upper portion of the image shows the northern tip of mainland Venezuela and the city of Cumana. There are many details including soundings, hazards, barriers as well as considerable inland detail. The Marine Depot mark is located lower right with Prix. Deux Francs. Margarita Island was important to the Spanish Crown due to its huge bounty of pearls that provided almost a third of all the New World offering to the Spanish Crown.