Old Maps Collection
[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):
59 x 47 cm, on sheet 68 x 54 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. On this particular chart it is depicted a part of the China south east coast with all the small islands. There are some towers marked on the map for navigational purposes and even a harbor.
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.
There is a quarter of a 32-point compass rose with a half fleur-de-lis indicating north. Cities marked with the representation of castles.
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.
Description of the sea coasts [...] in the East Indies
Hacke, William, fl. 16--
Library of Congress
Provenance Call No.:
G2201.P5 .H3 1690 Vault