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Stock# 36172
Description

Nice full color example of the first printed map of the Island of Guadaloupe, shortly after its earliest settlement in 1635.

Guadalupe was first visited by Columbus on his second journey to the Americas. He named it for an image in a Spanish monastery he had visited: Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura, in Guadalupe, Extremadura.

No settlements were established on the island for many years but it was used as a trading post until 1635 after Captain Pierre Belain d'Ensambuc had sent explorers to Guadeloupe and decided it would be lucrative to settle and cultivate tobacco on the island. His enterprise, the French Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique sent 550 men under the leadership of Charles Liénard de l'Olive to Guadaloupe on June 27, 1635.

The first separate printed map to show the island of Guadalupe. The map is rare, this being the first example we have seen on the market.