Rare Large Map of Cuba by Jose Maria de la Torre
Striking large format map of Cuba, with a decorative chromolithographic view of La Haban (Havana), published in New York City by GW & CB Colton.
The map includes 3 smaller maps showing Agricultural, Fiscal and Ancient details,.
This is without question one of the most beautiful maps of Cuba published in the second half of the 19th Century.
José María de la Torre y de la Torre (1815−73) was an illustrious Cuban geographer, archaeologist, historian, and educator who devoted a great part of his intellectual life to the study of local Cuban history. De la Torre studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1841, but he never practiced as a lawyer, devoting himself instead to teaching. In 1848 he was commissioned to travel in the United States and Europe to study improvements in agriculture and the industrial arts, and to introduce them into Cuba. The results of this journey were very useful. He was a member of the Royal academy of history of Madrid, and other scientific and antiquarian societies.