One of the most historically significant maps ever published of the Philippines, this depiction of the islands while under Spanish Colonial rule, is referred to as the "Mother of all Philippine Maps." The map was the result of a collaboration between Spanish Jesuit cartographer and missionary Pedro Murillo Velarde and two native Filipinos, engraver Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay and artist Francisco Suarez. These culturally significant engravings were seized by the British during their occupation of Manila from 1762 to 1764. The engravings were sent back to Britain, where multiple printings of the map were produced before their eventual destruction. The map was created after a direct order from Spanish King Philip V.
This depiction illustrated maritime routes from Manila to Spain and modern-day Latin America. This production was widely reprinted and was the first and most crucial scientific map of the Philippines. The Islands had been discovered two centuries prior by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who claimed the archipelago for Spain. Under Spanish rule, the islands were unified under one government, and Catholic missionaries established churches and colonies throughout the region. These missionaries also founded schools, hospitals, and even a university. Spain would maintain colonial rule of the region until 1898.
The Philippines harbored a diverse range of indigenous people, and the map illustrates eight ethnic groups that inhabited the islands with four depictions of significant cities and islands. The distinctive aesthetic and historical significance make this map an authentic piece of cartographical history and immediately transport the viewer back in time.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.
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- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1734 Map of the Philippines . This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true, accurate piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
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