"Carte de l'Isle Cayenne...", Lagniet, Jacques
Subject: Cayenne, French Guiana
Period: 1652 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
15.8 x 12.2 inches
40.1 x 31 cm
This scarce map depicts the former island of Cayenne, now part of the mainland and the present-day capital of French Guiana. The map shows the small settlement and fort that was established in 1643 by the French, who first colonized the island. The French were forced to leave due to Amerindian attacks, but returned to the island and established a permanent settlement in 1664. The map includes notes on the island, its location, the French settlement, and the bounty of the region. A large compass rose orients north to the bottom left corner of the map, and two ships complete the composition.
A nice impression on heavy, watermarked paper with wide margins. There are minor mildew stains confined to left blank margin, far from image.