St. Johann Island, Caribbean, Danish colonization Print. Bellin 1756
Antique copper engraved map. Men and women of the islands of St. John Taken from the German edition by Bellin 1756.
Title: Moenner und Weiben von dem Eijlande St.Johann.
History: Saint John, which is the smallest of the three main United States Virgin Islands, has a history that is related to the Danish colonization of the Americas. The Danish West India and Guinea Company established a settlement on Saint John in the early 18th century. The island was initially used for sugar and cotton plantations and was part of the Danish West Indies. Saint John was first settled by the Danes in the early 18th century, and it played a role in the transatlantic slave trade, like many other Caribbean islands during that time. The Danish colonial presence on the island lasted until the late 18th century.
Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 21 March 1772) (Royal Hydrographer, engineer of the French Navy and member of the Royal Society) For Antoine-François Prevost's monumental 20 volume edition of L`Histoire Generale des Voyages published by Pierre de Hondt, The Hague between 1747 – 1780
Sheet app.: 18.5 x 24 cm. 7.25 x 8.5 inches. Image app.: 14 x 19 cm. 5.5 x 7.5 inches Condition: 18th century antique engraved original print, in very good condition, no flaws.