"Le Golfe de Mexique, et les Isles Voisine. Dresse sur les Relations les Plus Nouvelles / Archipelague du Mexique, ou sont les Isles de Cuba, Espagnola, Jamaica, &c....", Mortier, Pierre
Subject: Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean
Period: 1720 (circa)
Publication: Suite de Neptune Francois
Color: Hand Color
33.6 x 23.6 inches
85.3 x 59.9 cm
This stunning, large-scale chart is printed on two sheets with detail confined to the coastlines. It covers the U.S. coastline from just above Cape Fear (C. Faire) through the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, the northern coastline of South America and all of the West Indies. The name La Floridae covers the whole southern region reflecting the Spanish possessions. The cartography of Florida and the Southeast is very rudimentary, with a wide and truncated Florida peninsula.
In 1700 Pierre Mortier published the Suite du Neptune Francois as the second volume of his Neptune Francois of 1693. It covered regions outside of Europe with many drawn from the manuscripts of N.P. d'Ablancourt that were derived from Portuguese archives. There was only one edition of the Suite de Neptune Francois. However, some of the charts were issued in two separate sheets in Mortier's smaller format Atlas Nouveau. Unlike many of the other maps from the Suite, this map is rarer because it was replaced in 1703 by the Teatre de la Guerre en Amerique, a similar two-sheet map that illustrated the West Indian theater of the War of the Spanish Succession.
References: Burden #769.
Contemporary outline color on sturdy sheets with light soiling and short, archivally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom. There is a light extraneous crease that runs horizontally through the map, and an archivally repaired tear that extends from the bottom edge of the sheet to Portobello, Panama. There is a pale blue shadow along the centerfold that is caused by our scanner and does not appear on the map itself.