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Kraus 9, A Discription of Cartagena,...in the yeare Anno Domino 1658 (Circa 1697)

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Title   A Discription of Cartagena,...in the yeare Anno Domino 1658
Alternate Title   Cartagena
Cartographer   Unknown
Subject   Cartagena Region (Colombia)--Maps, Manuscript.
Publisher   Unpublished
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Circa 1697
Format   Manuscript map
Kraus catalog no.   9
Dimensions in mm.   575 x 998 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Manuscript map in colors, on six sheets pasted together. Cloth backed. From the Dartmouth collection. Oblong folio (575 X 998 mm.).

A seventeenth century map of Cartagena of great importance. This manuscript map has been studied in great detail by Dr. Juan Manuel Zapatero, of Madrid, and a copy of his report (30 pp.) accompanies it.Dr. Zapatero points out that while the map is basically one prepared in 1658 for the Governor of Cartagena, Pedro Zapata, that there has been added to this version of it a series of depictions of the incidents of the attack on and capture of Cartagena in 1697, by a French force under the command of Jean Bernard Desjeans, Baron de Pointis. Dr. Zapatero has successfully identified the various stages of the Pointis siege here depicted.

There were, in all, three attacks upon Cartagena during the colonial period; that of Drake, 1586; of Pointis, 1697; and of Vernon, 1740-1741. At the time of the 1586 and 1740/1 attacks there was one major topographical feature not present in 1697, i.e., at those times there were two entrances to Cartagena harbor, the Boca Grande and Boca Chica. Throughout the second half of the 17th century, however, as shown on this map, the Boca Grande had been closed up and was occupied by a sand bar

The map is from the collection first formed by George Legge, first Baron Dartmouth, Master of the Ordnance to Kings Charles II and James II, and, as such, in charge of the English war department cartographic files. The collection was added to by his descendants, and the present map is in this category, as the first Baron died in 1691.