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Number: 927
Continent: Africa
Region: South
Place Names: Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island
Year of Origin: 1700
Title: Kaart von TAFFL BAAY vertoonende de Reede van C. de Goede Hoop
Language: Dutch
Publish Origin: Amsterdam
Height: 48.1
Width: 55.6
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Full Color
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Cartographer: Johannes Van Keulen, Sr.
Johannes Van Keulen, Jr.
Publisher: VOC Dutch East India Company
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Northernmost Latitude: -33.8
Southernmost Latitude: -33.95
Westernmost Longitude: 18.35
Easternmost Longitude: 18.45
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: from Atlas 'Zeefakkel ' (SeaTorch); compare with English copy dated 1794, map #446; The van Keulen family operated a chart-making and publishing firm in Amsterdam for nearly 200 years as the patented cartographers for the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC), which was established in 1601. The VOC became the first public company to issue negotiable shares of stock and stood as the richest and most powerful entity in the world, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies. Between 1602 and 1796 the VOC transported almost a million Europeans in the Asia trade on 4,785 ships, and netted more than 2.5 million tons of Asian goods. All made possible as shown here on two of their maps which demonstrate the strategic supply port and fresh water locations in the settlement and fort at Cape Town which stood as the essential maintenance stop in this route to the spice and silk trade of India, Indonesia, and even Japan. [Fritz Muller]
Last updated: Aug 13, 2020