"Representation la Plus Nouvelle et Exacte de l'Ile Martinique, la Premiere des Iles del' Amerique Antilles, Nommees Barlovento...", Seutter, Matthias
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 19.3 inches
56.1 x 49 cm
This splendid map is one of the most decorative maps of Martinique. It illustrates the mountains, rivers, settlements, plantations, churches, roads and forts. The original color delineates the three divisions of the island designated for the Jesuit, Capuchin and Dominican missionaries. The large cartouche features illustrations of the French colonists, sugar cane, indigo and the Carib natives. A naval battle rages offshore, the messenger Mercury flies above, and Neptune rides his hippocampi drawn shell chariot in the foreground.
Original color in the map with later color in the cartouches. There is light soiling, a few tiny worm holes, and a faint damp stain at right.