Rare Dutch broadside map, illustrating the Dutch capture of the Spanish Silver Fleet at Matanzas Bay.
The view illustrates a naval battle between the Dutch and the Spanish, along with two portraits of Piet Heyn (1578-1629), vice-admiral of the Dutch fleet, and Hendrick Corneliszoon Loncq. The map shows Cuba and Jamaica, with south at the top.
Text describes the Dutch expedition and victory on Sept. 8, 1628, in Matanzas Bay, Cuba, and a catalog of the prizes seized from the Spanish ships and turned over to the Dutch West India Company. This capture of the Spanish Silver Fleet by the Dutch led to Piet Heyn's transformation into a popular hero and to increased public support by the Dutch for the West India Company.
While the map and view were later issued without the text, this early edition, with the text description below the map is quite rare, this being the first time we have ever seen the broadside on the market. There is a second example of the broadside with a text title between the portraits.