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Rare, Early English Caribbean Map

St. Christopher/ Guadeloupe/ Martinique. THORNTON, John/ NORWOOD, Andrew [London, 1698]
A New Mapp of the Island of St Christophers being an Actuall Survey…/ A New Mapp of the Island Guardalupa/ A New Mapp of the Island Martineca. . 17 x 20 ½ inches.
Attractive hand color; light foxing, else very good condition.


The rare first edition of the first, large-scale English map of St. Christopher (St. Kitts), the site of England’s first Caribbean colony, which was established in 1623. As mentioned in the title, it was based on an actual survey by Andrew Norwood, the island’s Surveyor General. The map is in both English and French, reflective of the fact that the island was jointly owned by the two nations early in 16th century and thereafter passed between the two. In the remote southeastern of the island can seen the phrase, “Quartier Marons,” referring to a settlement of runaway slaves, termed in English, maroons.

Map Collectors’ Circle, No. 81, map no. 7, p. 5.

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