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The Spanish Galeon Treasure Route Past Florida, Havana and the Bahamas, with Extensive Sailing Directions

Fine map of Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba and part of Hispaniola, published by Reiner & Josua Ottens in Amsterdam.

Of note are the multiple "Debouquements," showing the courses taken to and from various points on the northwest coast 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. 

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.


Reiner & Joshua Ottens Biography

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.