Old Maps Collection
[Formosa, north part]
[Hack's descript of ye East Indies]
Hacke, William, fl. 16--, cartographer
Sharpe, Bartholomew, fl. 1679-1682, author
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
58 x 47 cm, on sheet 68 x 53 cm
William Hacke and Bartholomew Sharpe were Buccaneers, also known as the Brethren of the Coast, a kind of privateers or free sailors. These privateers were nominally licensed by the authorities -first the French, later the English and Dutch- to prey on the Spanish, until their depredations became so severe they were suppressed. With both their experience they created this manuscript atlas with charts of the sea coasts of the East Indies. Each drawing bears a brief description with soundings, distances and facts regarding anchorages and navigation of rivers which might be of value in pirating activities. These two charts depict the north and south part of Taiwan -here still named Formosa- a little tip of the China coast on the north part sheet. The place names on the coasts of Taiwan are still however scarce.
Original is a manuscript watercolor chart, 47 x 38 cm, from the Atlas 'A description of the sea coasts [...] in the East Indies'. This atlas is known as the 'Buccaneer atlas' because it results from the experience of Hacke in association with Captain Bartholomew Sharpe, the notorious Buccaneer on various expeditions to the South Sea.
Title from provenance library.
Each sheet has a quarter of a 32-point compass rose with a half fleur de lis indicating north.
Scale line in English leagues.
Latitude line in black and white interchangeably.
Tropic of Cancer line in red.
Relief shown pictorially and bathymetric relief by soundings.
Map with graticule.
Landmasses outlined in blue.
Place names in English, Portuguese, French and Dutch.
Nautical Charts -- Asia
Description of the sea coasts [...] in the East Indies
Hacke, William, fl. 16--
Library of Congress
Provenance Call No.:
G2201.P5 .H3 1690 Vault.