Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Bowen. West Indies (c1750-1767) 

Accession Number TP.1984.010.004


Map: “West Indies…”



Artist/ cartographer: [Emmanuel Bowen]

Engraver: [Emanuel Bowen]

Printer/ publisher: [Emanuel Bowen]



Laid paper, ink, watercolor



England, London



c. 1750-1767



Paper: 8 1/8” X 12 ½”

Plate: 7 3/8” X 11 15/16”

Image: 7 1/8” X 11 5/8”



Hand-colored, engraved map: West Indies [cartouche]

Cartouche includes two merchants dealing with a native.






Attributed to Emanuel Bowen, this map of the West Indies shows the area from southern Maryland to northern South America. It charts the islands and ports of call from “Charles Town” and Port Royal on the southern tip of South Carolina to Surinam on the northeastern coast of South America.


The collection contains a larger version of Emanuel Bowen’s West Indies map (TP.1986.055.001) with a more extensive text.



 English engraver and map seller Emanuel Bowen (fl. 1749-1767) is best known for his series of British county maps produced in conjunction with other mapmakers including Thomas Kitchen. Bowen’s county maps frequently included historical facts and information on towns, products, climate, etc. in the blank areas. Bowen was responsible for the production of Britannia Depicta, based on earlier road maps by John Ogilby, but with historical facts, coats-of-arms and other heraldic information added. Bowen also issued and reissued numerous other maps.






Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:


Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: August 21, 2018

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