Navigation on Dutch East India Company Ships Around the 1740s

By W.F.J. Morzer Bruyns, published May 1992


This article ranges from a description of the construction and jealous protection of early maps and navigational equipment from the formation of the company in 1602 to a discussion of the route instructions from Zeeland to Sumatra via the the Cape of Good Hope. It concludes with a detailed examination of two Dutch manuscript charts of the time, currently located in the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam and prepared by Isaac de Graaf, one time company cartographer.

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Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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