Sea coast of western Europe
By GOOS, Pieter, 1666
Pascaart van Europa, Als mede een gedeelt vande cust van Africa
- Author: GOOS, Pieter
- Publication place: Amsterdam
- Publisher: Pieter Goos
- Publication date: 1666
- Physical description: Engraved map in original outline hand-colour heightened in gold
- Inventory reference: 3850
The map is designed to reflect two important Dutch interests. First, the Dutch West India Company was founded in 1621, and its main destination ports were New Amsterdam (New York) and Brazil. The map faces in the direction that ships bound for the New World would take. Second, the Noordsche Compagnie, founded in 1614, held the monopoly on whaling in 1621 between the Davis Strait and Nova Zembla. The detail of the northern European coastlines, especially Spitsbergen, is a product of growing demand for accurate maps of the area.
The Blaeu original of this chart appears in the background of ‘The Geographer’ by Johannes Vermeer.
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