Scarce Dutch Chart of the Carolinas
"Pas Kaart van de Kust van Carolina Tusschen C de Canaveral en C Henry", Keulen, Johannes van
Subject: Colonial Southeast United States
Period: 1702 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 20.3 inches
57.9 x 51.6 cm
This scarce Dutch sea chart is one of the most handsome early maps of the Carolina coastline. It covers the coast from the southern part of the Chesapeake Bay to Cape Canaveral in northern Florida with north oriented to the right. It also includes a large inset of Charleston Harbor showing Charles Towne in its original location on the west bank of the Rio Grande (Ashley River). The chart uses Le Moyne and White nomenclature in addition to old Spanish names for some of the capes, reflecting the lack of any significant settlement or discoveries made in this region during the 17th century. Drawn by C.J. Vooght and published in Van Keulen's Zee-Fakkel and Zee-Atlas. This is the third state with page number 18 engraved in both lower corners.
References: Burden #589; Cumming (SE) #91, plt. 40.
A dark, sharp impression on double-thick paper with light printer's ink residue at left and a vertical crease adjacent to the compass rose at right.