- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1755 Map of the Caribbean Poster. Our museum quality maps are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1755 Caribbean Wall Art . This print is from an original found in the maps and geography division of the US Library of Congress. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
- HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
Produced by noted Spanish geographer and cartographer Tomas Lopez de Vargas Machuca in 1755, this ornate depiction of the maritime features of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea contains remarkable detail, accuracy, and longitudinal elements. These productions would have been invaluable tools for merchants, explorers, and naval sailing vessels both in North America and for reference in Europe. After completing his training in Paris in 1752, Machuca sailed west to map the extensive nautical features of the Spanish holdings in the region. In 1795 Machuca compiled the Geographical Atlas of Spain, the first comprehensive atlas of all maps produced to that date. The work was completed by his son in 1804 and remains one of the most important pieces of European cartographical history.
Spanish settlement throughout the Caribbean and what would eventually become the Southern portion of the United States was extensive, extending from Florida to Texas and Mexico. They would maintain a powerful presence in the region until the end of the eighteenth-century. Machuca would complete more than sixty maps throughout his career, and he was one of the most prolific Spanish cartographers of his time.
Since Columbus first landed in the Caribbean, the region has served as an important trading hub for imports and exports to Northern America. Control of the area was essential for establishing trade routes to Europe. This led to the development of diverse cultures drawing from European, Native, and African influences. Machuca's stunning depiction remains one of the most distinct examples of the region.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.