Old Maps Collection
[Tonquin, Quancy, Aynam]
[Hack's descript of ye East Indies]
Hacke, William, fl. 16--, cartographer
Sharpe, Bartholomew, fl. 1679-1682, author
JPEG 2000, 4001 × 3117, 1.9MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
38 x 49 cm, on sheet 54 x 79 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. This particular charts is of South China with the Island of Hainan, Macau can be spotted on the right upper corner where Xiangshan is named as Macau Island denoting the importance the city that over Xiangshan for foreign trade. The curious part of the map is that the Golf of Tonkin is named New Macau and the bay as the Bay of New Macau.
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.
There is a quarter of a 32-point compass rose with a half fleur-de-lis indicating north.
Scale line in English leagues on the left upper corner of the chart.
Latitude line on the right side of the map.
Relief shown pictorially and bathymetric relief by soundings.
Map with graticule.
Landmasses outlined in blue.
Macao and its surroundings.
Place names in English, Portuguese, French and Dutch.
Hainan Island (China)
Description of the sea coasts [...] in the East Indies.
Hacke, William, fl. 16--
Library of Congress
Provenance Call No.:
G2201.P5 .H3 1690 Vault