I am a forum member who
was fortunate enough to visit St Helena last year to follow up my ancestral
lines to Killin, Bradshaw and McCullum [c. 1780-1850].
As a result of this interest I
have just acquired a couple very early maps of the island from an old
collection, however I am finding it difficult to discover the original
source of one. It is printed on paper with what seems to be French
text on the reverse. It is headed 'St Helene' with the number 127 in
the top right hand corner.
map itself is in perfect condition, hand coloured and measures 12cm x 9cm.
In the bottom right corner it is titled 'SANCTA HELENA' within a
scroll. Three sea monsters are in the ocean. In the top right
corner is a small box panel showing a horizontal rocky view of the island
stating Weft Zyde, opposite is
a similar panel stating Noort Zyde.
A single building is shown at
the head of an inlet [coloured red] surrounded by trees, however it is
positioned on the opposite side of the island to where Jamestown now
I have identified a very
similar map by Petrus Bertius printed in Amsterdam in about 1616. The
map I have is without doubt contemporary with the Bertius map, so a date
circa 1610-20 seems to be about right.
this stage I am reluctant to put an image up until I discover more about it.
The other map from the collection was printed and
published by Herman Moll in London in about 1730. It states
- St Helena - This Island
belongs to the English East India Company..............'. It
also comments, St Helena is about 550
leagues West from Cape Negro in lower Guinea, which is farther from the
Continent than any other Island in the known World'
It measures 20cm x 13.5cm,
is coloured and gives details of locations on the island.
If any forum member would
like copies I will print them [on card] and send the two from £10 +
If anyone has any
information on the earlier map I would appreciate your comments.
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