Arnold Montanus*; 1625-1683.
Little is known about Montanus, a jesuit priest and headmaster
at the latin school of Schoonhoven, except for his publication
in 1671 in Amsterdam of his own atlas: "De nieuwe en onbekende
wereld". This compilation of extremely decorative maps, concentrated
on north America, central America, and the Caribbeans.
Actualy, most of said maps were strongly influenced by the
1630's Blaeu originals.
In turn Montanus was immediately copied by John Ogilby for
his own "An accurate description and complete history of America".
Some maps have been re-used by Pieter van der Aa in his "La
gallerie agréable du monde" (1729), and even later in the
1760's in the Covens & Mortier's "Nieuwe Atlas".
* seemingly no relation with Petrus Montanus (Pieter van
der Berg), text writer for Jodocus Hondius at the beginning
of the seventeenth century.
This large (13 15/16" X 11 3/8") low level bird's eye view
of La Havana is the quintessential representation of this
It will be recycled many times over a century by notable map
makers such as Mallet, Chassereau, Homann,.
It was prepared for the 1671 "De nieuwe en onbekende wereld".
It represents the town seen from the approaches of the harbor
defended by two strongholds:
- on the left the Morro fort with its tall light house.
- on the right the Punta fort, and between these two fortifications
a chain is drawn to block access to the inner port.
Notice the numerous buildings and churches, and the atmosphere
of intense activity. Notice also the dense population in the
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