The West Indies: Thomas Jeffreys  c.1785

The West Indies: Thomas Jeffreys c.1785

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  • Author: Thomas Jeffreys
  • Date:  circa 1785
  • Medium: Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Inches: 11.5 b x 7.75 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 29.21 x 19.7
  • Product ID: 102355

Title: "The West Indies. Exhibiting the English, Spanish and Dutch Settlements with Adjacent Parts of North and South America, from the Best Authorities"

This beautiful antique hand-colored map of the Caribbean with parts of North and South America dates to circa 1785. It depicts all large inhabited Caribbean islands, including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (before the Haitian Revolution), Puerto Rico ( when it was still a stopping point for the Spanish treasure fleet), the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas as wells as Florida. 

One interesting period detail is the "References to the Caribbean Islands according to the Treaty of Peace 1783" which provides a handy guide to telling which colonial power controlled which territory after the recent (at the time) signing of the "Peace of Paris of 1783" a set of treaties that ended the American Revolutionary War.