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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 27, America. View of a harbor. (Between 1600 and 1625)

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Title   America. View of a harbor.
Cartographer   Sibrantsz, P.
Subject   Engraving--Printing--Specimens
Publisher   Cornelius Johannes and Franciscus Antoni
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Between 1600 and 1625
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   27
Dimensions in mm.   307 x 330 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Engraving. Mounted on paper; matted. Folio (307 x 330 mm.).

The engraving, apparently unrecorded, depicts a fleet of six Dutch ships anchored in a rocky bay, trading with the Indians for mineral ores and agricultural products. Above, in a cloud bank, are figures of Columbus and Vespucci, with depictions of various Indians with typical tools or products; a Peruvian with a miner's pick; a Greenlander with kayak and fish spear; a Canary Islander with a bundle of sugar cane; etc. The engraving is undoubtedly a pictorial representation of the aggressive policy of the Dutch West
India Company, founded 111 1621, which raided Spanish-American commerce, seized a large part of northern Brazil, and established colonies (including New Amsterdam = New York). Below the picture are 8 lines of Latin elegiac verse praising Columbus and Vespucci.

We have not located any mention of a P. Sibrantsz in the literature of art and engraving. A print of the Amsterdam stock exchange by C. Johannes and F. Antoni, of c. 1610, is extant.