The Spanish Galeon Treasure Route Past Florida and From Havana and Porto Bello To Cartagena
Fine joined pair of maps, extending from Florida to Central America, published by Reiner & Josua Ottens in Amsterdam.
The top map covers the Florida peninsula, Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and part of Hispaniola. The map was prepared at the time of the War of Jenkin's Ear between Britain and Spain. The map details the route of the Spanish treasure ships arriving in Havana from Spain, and then heading south towards Cartagena.
The lower map continues the Spanish shipping route to Cartagena, extending from Provincia Honduras to Nova Granadae and St. Martha, centered on Panama & Costa Rica.
Three insets at top depict the harbors of St. Augustine, Havana, and Santo Domingo.
The two maps were issued separately and as part of a large six-part map illustrating the War of Jenkin's Ear in 1740-41.
While we have seen individual maps on the market and the complete 6-sheet map on the market, this is the first example we have seen which includes these two as a pair.
The Ottens brothers, Reiner and Joshua, operated a successful printing partnership in the mid-eighteenth century (fl. 1726-1765). They began the venture in 1726, publishing maps and other prints as “R & I Ottens.” They specialized in the reprinting of others’ work, especially Guillaume De L’Isle. In 1750, Reiner died; his soon, also Reiner, took his place, but the firm began listing their works as “Joshua & Reiner Ottens.” The firm lasted until Joshua’s death in 1765. Joshua’s widow, Johanna de Lindt, sold their remaining stock of plates in 1784.