"A Map of the Bay of Campechy", Moll, Herman
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Dampier's Voyages and Descriptions
Color: Black & White
11 x 5.8 inches
27.9 x 14.7 cm
This is a scarce map of the Bay of Campeche and the Yucatan Peninsula. It covers the region first explored in 1517 by Fernando de Cordoba and Antonio de Alaminos and visited by Dampier twice prior to his circumnavigations. The city of Campeche, on the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, derives its name from the Mayan city of Kan pech. The Sacrificious I. (Island of Sacrifices), located just offshore from Veracruz, notes the location of a prominent Aztec temple discovered by the Spanish in 1518. There are no place names along the coastline now known as Riviera Maya, but Cozumel Island is named and the city of Valladolid is located.
William Dampier (1652-1715) was a soldier, buccaneer, pirate, British navy captain and hydrographer. He was also among the most influential of travel writers. Dampier completed several circumnavigations between 1679 and 1691, during which he was among the first group of Englishmen to land in New Holland (Australia).
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.DAM-1a #7.
Issued folding on watermarked paper.