"Carta Rappresentante l'Istmo di Darien o Sia di Panama", Masi, Gio. Tommaso
Period: 1763 (circa)
Publication: Gazzettiere Americano
Color: Hand Color
8.4 x 9.8 inches
21.3 x 24.9 cm
This handsomely engraved map depicts the eastern half of Panama and a portion of the western coastline of Colombia. Several cities are identified, including Portobelo, Panama City, and New Edinburgh (here Nuova Edinburg). The short-lived colony of New Edinburgh was established as a trading settlement by the Company of Scotland in 1698. The colony was well located with a good harbor but within a year the colony failed amid devastating illness and attacks by Spanish galleons. The failure of the Darien Scheme (as it became known) contributed greatly to the crippling of the entire Scottish economy that eventually led to the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and the 1707 Act of Union with England.
References: Kapp (MCC-73) #79.
Nice impression with light toning in right margin.