Rare German 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.
The map illustrates the Dutch expedition and victory on Sept. 8, 1628, in Matanzas Bay, Cuba. 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.
Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century