Striking old color example of Schenk's decorative map, based upon Guillaume De L'Isle's landmark map of Mexico and Florida, first issued in 1703.
De L'Isle's map introduced the information from La Salle, Bienville, d'Iberville, and other French explorers in America. It was the first map to accurately portray the mouth of the Mississippi and the Great Lakes region. Also accurately shown for the first time are the English settlements on the east coast. The reports of d'Iberville are present in the villages in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Texas, where the Spanish were active building missions and presidios.
Several Dutch and German cartographers, including Schenk, Seutter and J.B. Homann, copied De L'Isle's work, but added significant decorative features and revisions. The tracks of the Spanish Galleons and routes to Havana are shown.
Peter Schenk the Elder (1660-1711) moved to Amsterdam in 1675 and began to learn the art of mezzotint. In 1694 he bought some of the copperplate stock of the mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, which allowed him to specialize in the engraving and printing of maps and prints. He split his time between his Amsterdam shop and Leipzig and also sold a considerable volume of materials to London.
Peter Schenk the Elder had three sons. Peter the Younger carried on his father’s business in Leipzig while the other two, Leonard and Jan, worked in Amsterdam. Leonard engraved several maps and also carried on his father’s relationship with engraving plates for the Amsterdam edition of the Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences.