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The West Indian atlas [frontispiece] : or, a general description of the West Indies

Engraved title page depicting natives, a trader, barrels of goods and indigenous flora and fauna on an island. Ships and other islands in the background. Putto with a trident and a torch above the title.

We Are One: Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King, compiled an atlas devoted exclusively to the Caribbean region because of its importance within Britain’s commercial empire. The atlas’s frontispiece, like map cartouches of the period, aims to evoke the economic and cultural landscape of the region. This iconic scene shows the African slaves who worked the Caribbean sugar plantations, which had very high mortality rates. Bundles of sugar cane lie on the right. The barrels shown most likely contain molasses, a byproduct of sugar production and a chief export along with sugar. The large ships in the background could have transported these commodities to other North American colonies or Europe.

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Creator

Jefferys, Thomas, -1771

Contributor

Robert Sayer and John Bennett (Firm)

Date

1783

Publisher

Printed for Robt. Sayer & John Bennett

Scale

No scale

Language

English

Location

Boston Public Library

Collection (local)

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Subjects
  • West Indies--Pictorial works
Places
  • West Indies
Extent

1 sheet ; 46 x 71 cm

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • No known restrictions on use.
Notes
  • Title page from Jeffery's West-India atlas. London: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, 1783.
  • Includes latitude and longitude (from Ferro and London) scales.
  • Boston Public Library copy removed from the atlas (G1600 .J44 1783).

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