Old Map of Guiana the Amazon by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, Guyana
Old Map of Guiana the Amazon by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, Guyana
Old Map of Guiana the Amazon by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, Guyana
Old Map of Guiana the Amazon by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, Guyana

Old Map of Guiana the Amazon by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, Guyana

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Experience the grandeur of the 17th century with our meticulously detailed map, 'Guiana siue Amazonum regio', crafted by the renowned Dutch cartographer, Nicolaes Visscher II. This exquisite piece, dating back to 1690, presents an intricate view of Guiana and the Amazon region, which are parts of the larger modern-day South America. The English translation of the map's name is 'Guiana or Region of the Amazons', signifying the areas it encompasses. Visscher, belonging to the illustrious lineage of the Visscher family, carries forward the legacy of the Dutch Golden Age of cartography, making this map a significant artifact in the history of map-making.

The map features several cities and landmarks that are of historical and geographical importance. These include Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Amapá, Pará, and Guyana. The map's extensive detailing allows the viewer to discern the different regions and political divisions of the time. It provides a unique perspective on the world as it was known in the 17th century, making it a fascinating piece for history enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The map is hand-colored in outline and engraved, showing administrative boundaries, cities, towns, waterways, canals, and mountains. It includes decorative cartouches and a vignette of a ship, adding to its aesthetic appeal. A sea battle on the ocean is also depicted, providing a glimpse into the maritime history of the era. The relief is shown pictorially, adding depth and dimension to the map, and making it a truly immersive piece.

This map is not just a geographical representation, but a work of art that tells a story. It captures the essence of an era marked by exploration and discovery. It is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of Nicolaes Visscher II, and a tribute to the Dutch Golden Age of cartography. This piece is sure to be a conversation starter, adding a touch of historical elegance to any setting. It is a perfect addition to the collection of any map enthusiast, history buff, or connoisseur of fine art.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Guiana:

  • Georgetown (Founded in 1781 as Stabroek, renamed Georgetown in 1812): The capital of Guyana, it is notable for its British colonial architecture.
  • New Amsterdam (Founded in 1740): A historic town in Guyana, known for its Dutch colonial architecture.
  • Bartica (Established in 1842): Known as the "Gateway to the Interior", it's the launching point for people who work in the rainforests.

Suriname:

  • Paramaribo (Founded in 1613): The capital and largest city of Suriname, it's known for its Dutch colonial buildings.
  • Nieuw Amsterdam (Founded in 1740): A historic town in Suriname, it was a former Dutch colonial settlement.

Amapá:

  • Macapá (Founded in 1688): The capital of Amapá, it's known for the Fortaleza de São José de Macapá, a historic Portuguese colonial fort.

Pará:

  • Belém (Founded in 1616): The capital and largest city of Pará, it's known for its colonial-era architecture.
  • Santarém (Founded in 1661): Known as the "Pearl of the Tapajós", it's located at the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers.

Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Port of Spain (Founded in 1560): The capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, it's known for its Carnival, one of the world's largest and most famous.
  • San Fernando (Founded in 1595): The second largest city of Trinidad and Tobago, it's known for its sugar cane industry.

Notable natural attractions:

  • The Amazon Rainforest: The world's largest tropical rainforest, it's a major center of biodiversity.
  • The Orinoco River: One of the longest rivers in South America, it's known for its diverse wildlife.
  • The Essequibo River: The largest river in Guyana, it's known for its rapids and waterfalls.
  • The Kaieteur National Park: Home to the Kaieteur Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls.
  • The Iwokrama Forest: A major center of biodiversity and eco-tourism in Guyana.

Historical events:

  • The Dutch-Portuguese War (1602-1663): A conflict over colonial territories in Brazil and Africa.
  • The Sugar Revolution (1640s-1680s): A major shift in the economy of the Caribbean from tobacco to sugar cane.
  • The Treaty of Munster (1648): Ended the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Dutch Republic, leading to the recognition of Dutch independence.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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