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JCB Archive of Early American Images
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Cabinet Blathwayt 32
Image title:
A New Map of the Island of Barbadoes wherein every Parish, Plantation, Watermill, Windmill & Cattlemill, is described ...
Creator 1:
Richard Ford
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Image publisher:
Sold by Mr. Overton at the White Horse without Newgate Mr. Morden at the Atlas in Cornhill Mr. Berry at the Globe at Charing Cross And Mr. Pask at ye Stationers Arms & Inkbottle on the North Side the Royal Exchange
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Image function:
separate map
Image dimension height:
47.9 cm.
Image dimension width:
56.2 cm.
Page dimension height:
54.7 cm.
Page dimension width:
64.7 cm.
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Map of Barbados showing location of roads, individual farms, mills used for the grinding of sugar cane, and towns. Cartographic details include some topographical details, compass rose, and scale. Decorative elements include ships, fish, angels with navigational tools such as dividers. Decorative cartouche includes English royal coat of arms of Charles II, allegorical figures of a river goddess and god with oar and water vessel, a woman in armor [probably Britannia], and a personification of plenty with cornucopia.
This is the first printed economic map of an English American colony and represents Barbardos at the height of its early sugar production.
The map was drawn by Richard Ford, a Quaker, whose religious principles caused him to omit the names of many forts and to avoid the word, "church."
The Blathwayt Atlas is a collection of 48 maps assembled between 1680 and 1685 as a reference atlas for the Office of Trade and Plantations, compiled by William Blathwayt, Secretary to the Lords of Trade and Plantations.
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Subject Area:
Artifacts, industry, and human activities; Geography, maps, city views and plans
geographic area:
Caribbean Islands
Subject headings:
Black, J.D., ed. Blathwayt Atlas, vol. II, p. 180-185
Acquired in 1911.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912

A New Map of the Island of Barbadoes wherein every Parish, Plantation, Watermill, Wi…