Jamaica, from the latest surveys


Jamaica, from the latest surveys

Item Information

Title:
Jamaica, from the latest surveys
Description:
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, Jamaica was a Spanish colony until 1655 when it was taken over by the British. The third largest island in the West Indies, it became the focus of British activity in the Caribbean. Its economy was dominated by sugar production based on slave labor imported from Africa. Details on this 1775 map by the British geographer and publisher Thomas Jeffreys record the racial segregation that was institutionalized during the British colonial regime. Underlining distinguishes what are referred to on the map as "Negro-towns," most of which are situated in the less hospitable mountainous interior. In contrast, the flatter coastal areas, which were more suitable for agriculture, are dotted with small squares and circles, symbolizing the British-owned sugar plantations and sugar mills. In addition, the map's two insets depict the topography and hydrography of the island's busiest ports, Kingston and Bluefields, which had become centers of British colonial administrative and mercantile activities.
Creator:
Jefferys, Thomas, d. 1771
Creator:
Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794
Name on Item:
improved and engraved by Thomas Jefferys.
Date:
1775
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Harbors--Jamaica--Bluefields--Maps--Early works to 1800
Harbors--Jamaica--Kingston--Maps--Early works to 1800
Harbors--Jamaica--Port Royal--Maps--Early works to 1800
Jamaica--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places:
JamaicaWestmoreland (county)Bluefields
JamaicaSurrey (county)Kingston
JamaicaSurrey (county)Port Royal
Publisher:
London : Printed for Robt. Sayer
Notes:
Relief shown by hachures.
Soundings shown in fathoms.
Hand colored.
Prime meridian: Ferro and London.
Insets: The harbour of Bluefields [ca. 1:95,000] -- The harbours of Kingston and Port Royal [ca. 1:95,000]
Exhibited in “Faces and Places,” at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, October 2003 - September 2004. MB (BRL)
Extent:
1 map ; 61 x 46 cm.
Scale:
Scale [ca. 1:495,000]
Language:
English
Identifier:
05_04_000126
Call #:
G4960 1775 .J4
Barcode:
39999052509880
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