"Particularitez Curieuses de l'Ile de St. Christophle et de la Province de Bemarin dans les Antilles", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Subject: St. Kitts
Period: 1720 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique…
Color: Black & White
19.1 x 14.8 inches
48.5 x 37.6 cm
This sheet presents several views of St. Kitts and the native fauna. The view at upper left shows the Governor-General's palace - complete with elaborate formal French gardens. The view at center shows the natives welcoming the French and preparing a feast. The view at right depicts Melilot, the mythical capital of Apalache. This idealized view was taken from Charles de Rochefort's view first published in his Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l'Amerique . The Apalache were purported to have a utopian kingdom in Georgia and Florida, and to have been the ancestors of the Carib peoples. As Melilot was not found in North America, here it has been transferred to St. Kitts. The views at bottom shows a variety of native fauna.
A dark impression, issued folding on paper with a Strasbourg Lily watermark, light printer's ink residue, and a tiny centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin.