"The Virgin Islands from English and Danish Surveys"
Published by Laurie & Whittle, 1797
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This detailed reproduction of the colorful engraving, "The Virgin Islands from English and Danish Surveys", was originally published in London in 1797 by Laurie and Whittle in the West India Atlas. The map was authored by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King of England.
Included are 12 island profiles, as well as a geographical and historical note entitled "Observations." Inset maps of "Plan of Peters Island" and "Harbor or Road of Tortola" complete the presentation.
The Virgin Islands, named for Queen Elizabeth, are situated at the crossroads of the Caribbean Sea and have a colorful history as a refuge for pirates during the "Golden Age of Piracy." Tortola, especially, was described as a "nest of pirates", not long before the publication of this map. It was long favored by the pirate brethren because of both the excellent anchorage at Tortola Roads and its lax government oversight.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.