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Manila Bay - François Valentijn, 1724-1726
EARLIEST OBTAINABLE CHART TO SHOW MANILA BAY IN DETAIL “Manilhas Bay”, copper engraving from François Valentijn’s “Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien”, made by Jan van Braam and published in Dordrecht by Gerard onder de Linden in 1724-1726
1724. EARLIEST OBTAINABLE CHART TO SHOW MANILA BAY IN DETAIL “Manilhas Bay”, copper engraving from François Valentijn’s “Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien”, made by Jan van Braam and published in Dordrecht by Gerard onder de Linden in 1724-1726. Coloured by a later hand. Size: 30 x 38,5 cm. The chart is oriented northeast, so as to give the bay a vertical orientation. It shows Manila, Cavite (“Cabitta”), the monasteries of St. Lucas and St. Domingo, and a further unnamed monastery around the edges of the circular bay. Manila and Cavite are shown with many buildings in relief. Stippling reveals the “droogtes”, or dry areas close to the shore. A compass rose sits dramatically in the middle of the bay. Numerous ships are sailing or idling on the water, underlining the importance of Manila as a port. Manila was one of the most important ports in all of the Pacific. It enjoyed this status for centuries before Europeans came to Southeast and Maritime Asia. The Spanish arrived in the islands, first in 1521 and more permanently in 1565. They took over Manila in 1571, naming it the capital city of their colony, which technically fell under the jurisdiction of the territory of New Spain. It was associated with New Spain and Spanish America because it was the western terminus of the circular Manila-Acapulco trading route. From 1565 to 1815, galleons would leave Acapulco filled with silver. In Manila, this silver would be piped into Asian, particularly Chinese, markets. The galleons were then filled with Asian trade goods and returned to Acapulco. These galleons were the larg … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Inter-Antiquariaat Mefferdt & De Jonge [Amsterdam, Netherlands]
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