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A Missionary Educational Map of the Caribbean for Children

Fine large format map of the Caribbean, intended as an educational tool for church school children, published by the Friendship Press of New York City.

The artist, Dr. Gilbert Q. LeSourd, would later serve as Associate Secretary of the Missionary Education Movement.  It was likely created to illustrate Children of Sea and Sun; a course on the Caribbean islands for primary boys and girls by Mabel Garrett Wagner, which was also published by the Friendship Press in 1930 (Copyright #12675), with G.Q. LeSourd named in the copyright.

The large map is essentially a blank template for illustration by students.  The smaller title map includes additional details, including inset vignettes of:

  • Cathedral - Santiago de Cuba
  • Morro Castle - Santiago de Cuba
  • A Dominican Family
  • A Mission Hospital in Porto Rico
  • Bluebeard's Castle - St. Thomas, VI
  • An Early Danish House -  Virgin Islands
  • Motor Bus Travel in Porto Rico
  • Santo Domingo - Old Gateway
  • Tuberculosis Hospital in Ponce 
  • A Cuban Village
  • A Haitian Market
  • Native Coast Village
  • The Prado - Havana
  • New Public School - Nueva Gerona
  • Columbus Cathedral - Havana
  • An Evangelical Church Center
  • Cabana Fortress - Havana

The map notes that it is:

A decorative map to interest boys and girls of church schools (vacation, week-day and Sunday), public schools, junior societies and mission bands. With an insert sheet of thirty-eight outline sketches, illustrating phases of life in the Caribbean Islands.  The sketches are to be colored, cut out and pasted on the map.  Price Fifty Cents.

The Friendship Press was an Missionary organization which operated in the first half of the 20th Century.


The map would appear to be unrecorded.

Condition Description
Several marginal tears. Cover map is 10.5 x 9 inches.