"Isola di Maria Galante nelle Antilli, Posseduta da S.M. Cristianissima...", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
Period: 1696 (circa)
Publication: Isolario dell'Atlante Veneto
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 8.4 inches
30.2 x 21.3 cm
This is one of the few separate maps of the island of Marie-Galante in the French West Indies, as it is generally mapped with the large neighboring island of Guadeloupe. The island is now commonly known as La Grande Galette (Big Cookie) due to its round shape and almost flat surface, which are well illustrated here. The various sugar plantations are laid out and Fort Moliere is located (and shown in a small inset). A vignette at upper right shows a bloody battle that occurred in 1653 in which Carib rebels slaughtered the entire colonist population of the Vieux Fort River region noted here as C. du Massacre.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CORO-13a #215.
A bright sheet with the watermark of three crescent moons and very wide margins.