The Maps of Bert Twaalfhoven

From the Fordham University Libraries

4) Pas Caerte van Nieu Nederlandt en de Engelsche Virginies, van Cabo Cod tot Cabo Canrick. (Chart of New Netherland and the English Virginias from Cape Cod to Cape Canrick [i.e. Hatteras].) 1666.

Mapmaker: Pieter Goos

One of the most beautiful early charts of southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. Some of the finest artistry of Dutch cartography is found on sea charts. The most successful publisher in this field was Pieter Goos, whose work was popular with both the practicing and armchair sailor. This chart of the Northeast presents the elements that make his work so highly desirable: excellent balance between embellishment and map; realistic maritime detail (such as the sailor holding a navigational instrument) mingled with baroque decoration; rich color; and fine paper.

The shapes of both Manhattan and Long Island are well rendered as are the New Jersey shore and the Delaware Bay and River. Along the latter, all of the Swedish and Dutch forts and settlements are shown. Early settlements along the Connecticut shore (Gilfort, Stamfort, Stratfort, Milfort, etc.) also appear.

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