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Blog post from Sunday, 16 March, 2014

Oost Indien / Hugo Allardt excudit inde Kalver Araat Inde Wereldt Kaart Romano de Hoog[h]e … Published Amsterdam : Hugo Allard, ca.1668

Area: Indian Ocean and surrounding countries including Hollandia Nova, Indonesia, New Guinea and China. The map depicts the trading territory of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the mid 17th century and the inclusion of Dutch discoveries in Australia.

Shows: rivers, lakes, islands, mountains, Dutch discoveries in Australia, illustrations of indigenous people in traditional dress and ships. At the foot of the map is a shield bearing the coat of arms for the House of Bourbon and Kingdom of Spain.

Includes latitude and longitude marks, and 3 bar scales in Dutch, Spanish and English miles.

The chart is lavishly decorated and signed by Romeyn de Hooghe, an important Dutch Baroque artist and engraver.