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Scarce 1818 chart of three Caribbean ports from the expedition of Fidalgo.

Place/Date: Madrid / 1818
$650.
Title: Plano del Puerto Cabello en la Costa de Tierra Firme… [on sheet with] Plano de la Ensenada de Barcelona en la Costa de Tierra Firme… [on sheet with] Plano del fondeadero de la Guayra en la Provincia de Caracas…
Technique
Engraving
Dimensions
58.5 x 43.5 cm (23 x 17 in)
Identifier
NL-00313
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Chart of three Venezuelan ports published shortly after independence from Spain. The cartography is the result of Fidalgo’s exploration and charting of the Caribbean coasts in the late 18th and early 19th century, published in Madrid by the Dirección de Hidrografía.

The chart at top shows Puerto Cabello according to the observations of Joaquin Francisco Fidalgo in 1794. At bottom left is a plan of Barcelona, the capital of the modern state of Anzoátegui. At right is a detailed plan of La Guaira, capital of the modern state of Vargas. Each includes a key with points of interest.

Cartographer(s)

Direccion Hidrografica de Madrid

The Direccion Hidrografica de Madrid was an official institution established in Spain in 1797. It was charged with both survey and publication of important charts and maps from all over the world, and became known for the quality of their execution and accuracy.

Joaquin Francisco Fidalgo

Condition Description

Some soiling and discoloration, old folds, very good.

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