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A Map of the East Indies and the adjacent Countries

Date: 1715
Overall: 615 x 1025 mm
Medium: Printing ink, handmade laid paper, watercolour (ink?) outlining.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Maps, charts and plans
Object Name: Map
Object No: 00050334
Place Manufactured:England
Related Place:Asia,

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    This highly detailed map of the East Indies by Herman Moll provides a snap-shot of European trading interests in Asia at the beginning of the 18th century. The initial exploration and charting of parts of the Australian coast were a direct result of the growth of such centres and the opening up of shipping routes between Asia and Europe.
    SignificanceThis early 18th century map of Asia reveals the extent and interest of European nations such as England, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and Denmark in the rich trading opportunities of Asia. The settlement of Australia took place against the background of such trade and the English East India Company's monopoly influenced early Australian colonial enterprise to a considerable extent.
    HistoryBorn in the Netherlands, Herman Moll (1654?-1732) was a bookseller, geographer and engraver. Around 1678 he moved to London where for a while he continued as an engraver. Later, he started his own business as a map publisher and by the turn of the century had become the most prominent map publisher in England. He published atlases and loose maps of all parts of the world many of which were highly decorative.

    Included amongst Moll's associates were Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift (he provided maps for Robinson Crusoe and for Gulliver's Travels), and the buccaneers William Dampier and Woodes Rogers.

    Bearing the coat of arms of England's East India Company, the map details the network of European trading centres throughout Asia in the early 18th century.

    Additional Titles

    Exhibition object title: A map of the East Indies and the adjacent countries

    Assigned title: A Map of the East Indies and the adjacent Countries

    Related People
    Cartographer: Herman Moll

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