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Island of Barbados

Island of Barbados

Cartographer: Hack, William

Medium: Image

Date: 1690

Shelfmark: Maps 7 TAB 127

Item number: 36

Length: 45.6

Width: 67.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Image

This chart of the island of Barbados in c.1690 is from an atlas by William Hack, who specialised in producing fine manuscript charts for royalty and other important clients. His work was typical of the 'Thames School' of chart-makers which flourished in the 17th century. The parish boundaries are drawn in red and there is a detailed description of agriculture, military matters and administration on the lower right. Hack was well known for producing charts copied from those plundered from a Spanish ship captured by buccaneer Captain Bartholomew Sharp.

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