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Number: 3495
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Atlantic Ocean
Year of Origin: 1740
Title: A New Map or Chart of the Western or Atlantic Ocean, with Part of Europe Africa & America: Shewing the Course of the Galleons, Flota &c. to and from the West Indies
Language: English
Publish Origin: London
Height: 33.9
Width: 28.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: Emanuel Bowen
Publisher: Gentleman's Magazine
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Northernmost Latitude: 62.0
Southernmost Latitude: 2.0
Westernmost Longitude: -60.0
Easternmost Longitude: 3.0
Measurement Notes: on map
Notes: [OLD WORLD auction] Slave trade sailing routes; This map of the Atlantic illustrates the commercial rivalry between Britain and Spain with the major shipping routes traced. It includes small parts of South America, the Caribbee Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, western Africa and Europe. The chart is covered with interesting notations concerning the history of the region, territorial claims, and the tracks of the Spanish treasure fleets. A large military-style cartouche features the portraits of Admiral Blake (1650) and Vice Admiral Vernon (1740); two immensely popular British admirals in the ongoing fight against Spain. This map was published at the beginning of the War of Jenkin's Ear in which Vice Admiral Vernon captured the Spanish possession of Porto Bello. Ironically, less than a year later his next campaign against the Spanish at Cartagena ended in disaster, virtually ending his illustrious naval career. Emanuel Bowen (1694?-1767) was a British engraver and print seller. He was most well-known for his atlases and county maps. Although he died in poverty, he was widely acknowledged for his expertise and was appointed as mapmaker to both George II of England and Louis XV of France. His business was carried on by his son, Thomas Bowen. He also trained many apprentices, two of whom became prominent mapmakers, Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jeffreys.
Last updated: Oct 27, 2021