"The Seige of Colombo under the Command of General Gerard Hulst",
Subject: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Period: 1704 (circa)
Publication: A Collection of Voyages and Travels
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 10.8 inches
34.3 x 27.4 cm
This detailed bird's-eye plan of Colombo depicts the city during the siege of Colombo under the command of Dutch General Gerard Hulst in 1656. The port town was an important trading post and changed hands between the Portuguese, Dutch and British several times. This plan depicts the fortifications, batteries, military quarters, roads, etc. with a numbered key identifying locations. A simple compass rose orients the plan with north at the bottom. This plan was published in John Churchill's "A Collection of Voyages and Travels."
Watermarked paper with short centerfold separations in blank margins that have been closed on verso with old paper.