"Bay et Chateau de Porto Bello", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Portobelo Bay, Panama
Period: 1729 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
12.5 x 8.6 inches
31.8 x 21.8 cm
This handsome map of historic Portobello Bay was copied from Pierre Mortier's map of circa 1692. Portobello was a strategic Spanish transfer point for gold and silver coming from South America. The map shows the locations of two forts protecting the bay -- Fort Grande (Santiago) and Fort de le Mare (San Felipe) -- as well as the location of the King's stables (San Jeronimo), where gold and silver was loaded onto ships. The map is beautifully presented with a compass rose and rhumb lines.
References: Kapp (MCC-73) #32.
A strong impression with full original color and light show-through of partial map on verso.