"A Chart of the Windward Passage Between the Islands of Jamaica Hispaniola and Cuba with the Other Passages to the Northward of Hispaniola…", Faden, William
Subject: Greater Antilles, Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola
Period: 1795 (dated)
Color: Black & White
30 x 22.5 inches
76.2 x 57.2 cm
This large-scale sea chart shows Hispaniola, Jamaica, and parts of Cuba and the Bahamas. It depicts the Windward Passage, the important shipping lane between Cuba and Hispaniola that connects the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic. The chart is based on the "journals, observations and draughts" of Charles Roberts, Master in the Royal Navy, as well as the work in Antoine-Hyacinthe de Chastenet Puysegur's Pilote de l'Isle de St. Domingue and Jacques Nicolas Bellin's Description des debouquements qui sont au nord de l'Isle de St. Domingue. The coastlines feature great detail of topography, soundings, shoals, and safe anchorages. Four coastal approach views are depicted in the interior of Cuba, and a small inset at left shows detail of the Morant Cays, four small islands southeast of Jamaica. At top left is a chart of Charles Roberts' astronomical observations.
Printed on heavy paper with light offsetting and a few archivally repaired centerfold separations. There is a tiny hole near the centerfold, and two short tears that just enter neatline at bottom that have all been archivally repaired. There is an interesting old manuscript ink notation below Hispaniola.