Three historical maps present the Spanish colonies in Central America in the 18th century

Costa Rica Map

1716–1781

Costa Rica Map

Costa Rica Map

— 1716–1781

  1. This wonderful compendium presents the Spanish colonies in Central America in the 18th century

  2. A wonderful overview of the modern Central American states of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama

  3. Settlements, planned forts, lagoons, rivers, mountains, and palm trees are all depicted in detail

Mapa de Costa Rica

Costa Rica Map

Cordillera de Talamanca

Stretching from Costa Rica to Panama, the Cordillera de Talamanca is a forest-covered mountain range, much of which remains unexplored today. This wonderful map from 1781 shows the various settlements (many of which are labelled) and rivers that crisscrossed the region. The artist has skillfully shaded the map to demonstrate the various ridges and features of the mountain range. Tributaries wind their way through the mountains, joining one another and emptying into the Pacific Ocean.

Costa Rica Map

Alternative Titles:
  • Mapa de Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica testimonios gráficos
  • Testimonios gráficos de su etapa colonial existentes en el Archivo General de Indias
  • Costa Rica, Indies General Archive graphical testimonies of its Colonial Stage
  • Karte von Costa Rica
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
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Short Description

This wonderful compendium of three historical maps present the spirit of the Spanish colonies in Central America in the 18th century. A sheet from 1716 presents the province of Nicaragua in a marvelous watercolor pen drawing. The second map from the year 1738 shows the course of the Rio Martina, one of the most powerful rivers in the center of Costa Rica, in an unusual format. Finally, the third map presents the provinces around the Cordillera de Talamanca, in modern Costa Rica and Panama, in a depiction from 1781. A marvelous overview of the Central American region that consists of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, which invites historical study and indulgence!

Costa Rica Map

This wonderful compendium of three historical maps present the spirit of the Spanish colonies in Central America in the 18th century. A sheet from 1716 presents the province of Nicaragua in a marvelous watercolor pen drawing. The second map from the year 1738 shows the course of the Rio Martina, one of the most powerful rivers in the center of Costa Rica, in an unusual format. Finally, the third map presents the provinces around the Cordillera de Talamanca, in modern Costa Rica and Panama, in a depiction from 1781. A marvelous overview of the Central American region that consists of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, which invites historical study and indulgence!

Exotic Nicaragua

The three closely related yet completely different maps of Central America give an exciting glimpse into the development of the Spanish colonies in the 18th century. The 1716 depiction of the province of Nicaragua presents a part of the modern Central American country. The “lagoons and rivers” of the province are presented, and so modern Lake Nicaragua, from which the Rio San Juan flows into the Caribbean. The English and Indian settlements of “Punta Gorda” and “Mosquito” were identified. It was thereby concerned with the modern Costa de los Mosquitos, the so-called Mosquito Coast of Caribbean Nicaragua, which was under British colonial rule. The watercolor pen drawing in a format of 31 x 43 cm is a work by D. Sebastián de Aranciuia Isasi, the governor of Nicaragua. It is presented a fine drawing from a skillful hand, wonderfully painted in blue and green.

Rivers in Costa Rica

The second gem of the compendium is a map with the course of the Rio Martina from the year 1738. It presents the course of the river and its mouth in a representation that includes the surrounding regions. The Rio Martina is a river in the center of Costa Rica, the exotic land in Central America that borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The colorful map is presented with a marvelous depiction of countless green trees and palms, blue rivers, and two schematic mountain chains. The map was extended to the unusually long format of 35 x 65 cm due to a ground plan for a fort to be built at the mouth of the river.

A Central American Mountain Range

The third map presents the provinces around Cordillera de Talamanca. The 1781 map shows a handsome geographical depiction of the mountain range in Costa Rica and Panama, with individual drawings of settlements and rivers. The bordering sea is depicted geographically correctly to the left and right of the land, the mar del norte and the mar al sur respectively, but it is actually the Pacific and Caribbean that border the land to the west and east. The sheet has a format of 30 x 48 cm and is a work by the surveyor Josef de Rivera Gálvez.

Geographic Voyages of Discovery

The three maps from the 18th century, which are housed today in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, give a wonderful overview of this region of the modern Central American states of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Perusal and study of the marvelous geographic depictions allows the spirit of this exciting time to rise from the dead and radiate a hint of exotic atmosphere!

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Mapa de Costa Rica
Costa Rica testimonios gráficos
Testimonios gráficos de su etapa colonial existentes en el Archivo General de Indias
Costa Rica, Indies General Archive graphical testimonies of its Colonial Stage
Karte von Costa Rica
Date
1716–1781
Language
Illustrations
3 Maps: Drawings of the Province of Nicaragua (1716), Rio Mantina (1738-55), and Province of Telemanca (1781)
Artist / School
Mapa de Costa Rica

Costa Rica Map

Rivers of Costa Rica

This large map shows the course of the mighty Rio Martina flanked by two other rivers draining into the Caribbean, identified here as the Mare del Norte. Two mountain ranges are labelled with banderoles and one side of the river is covered with palms, while the other has leafy trees, all of which are depicted in detail on the right where the tributaries converge.

The map was extended to include a ground plan for a fort – complete with cannons establishing fields of fire around the fort – to be built at the mouth of the river. Marked by a red flag with a white “X”, the proposed fort is depicted guarding the mouth of the river, where several islands are labelled. The map has survived in remarkably good condition with almost no marks or blemishes.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Costa Rica Map“

Mapa de Costa Rica
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
Costa Rica Map – Archivo General de Indias (Seville, Spain)
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Mapa de Costa Rica

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Testimonio Compañía Editorial – Madrid, 2001
Limited Edition
980 copies
Binding
Gold embossed leather folder with 3 maps
Commentary
1 volume by Purificación Medina Encina
Language: Spanish
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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