Jamaica: Matthaus Seutter 1730

Jamaica: Matthaus Seutter 1730

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  • Author: George Matthaus Seutter
  • Date: 1730
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 22 1/4" x 19 5/8"
  • Centimeters: 57.06 x 50.32
  • Product ID: 002215

A handsome map of the island of Jamaica by a premier 18th century mapmaker, Mathias Seutter (1678-1756). The map shows Jamaica divided into precincts and details topographical features of mountains, forests, rivers & small settlements. Around the coasts the map indicates harbors, bays with depth soundings, shoals & small offshore islands.

The cartouche is superimposed upon the canvas roof of a work building, which is surrounded by workers cooking sugarcane juice, among other things, and several sea turtles. A mermaid swims in the breakers near the shore.