The World's Largest Public Domain Media Search Engine
Plan of Guantanimo, called by the English Cumberland Harbour. Plan of the city and harbour of St. Jago de Cuba.

Similar

Plan of Guantanimo, called by the English Cumberland Harbour. Plan of the city and harbour of St. Jago de Cuba.

description

Summary

The word portolan comes from the Italian adjective portolano, meaning "related to ports or harbors", or "a collection of sailing directions". Portolan charts are maps based on compass directions and estimated distances observed by the pilots at sea. They were first made in the 13th century in Italy, and later in Spain and Portugal where they considered to be state secrets. The English and Dutch found the description of Atlantic and Indian coastlines extremely valuable for their raiding, and later trading, ships. The oldest survived portolan is the Carta Pisana, dating from approximately 1296 and the oldest preserved Majorcan Portolan chart is the one made by Angelino Dulcert who produced a portolan in 1339.

date_range

Date

01/01/1768
person

Contributors

Jefferys, Thomas, -1771.
create

Source

Library of Congress
copyright

Copyright info

Public Domain

Explore more

guantánamo bay cuba
guantánamo bay cuba
maps
maps
santiago de cuba bay cuba
santiago de cuba bay cuba
harbors
harbors
cuba
cuba
santiago de cuba
santiago de cuba
guantánamo bay
guantánamo bay
santiago de cuba bay
santiago de cuba bay
early maps
early maps
nautical charts
nautical charts
santiago de cuba cuba
santiago de cuba cuba
plan
plan
guantanimo
guantanimo
english
english
cumberland
cumberland
harbour
harbour
english cumberland harbour
english cumberland harbour
city
city
jago
jago
1768
1768
map of cuba
map of cuba
caribbean
caribbean
high resolution
high resolution