Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar
Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar

Old Map of Jamaica by Tallis and Rapkin in 1851 - Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Black River, Savanna la Mar

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Introducing an exquisite piece of historical cartography: the 1851 rendition of Jamaica by the renowned John Tallis & Co. This detailed map, focusing on the vibrant island nation, is more than just a navigational tool; it's a snapshot of a time long past, offering a glimpse into the life and culture of mid-19th century Jamaica. The map, with its meticulous detail and artistry, is a testament to the skill and precision of its creators, making it a must-have for history buffs, map enthusiasts, and those with a love for Jamaica.

The map encompasses a wide array of locations, from the bustling city of Kingston to the serene Black River. Notably, it features Kingston, the capital city, a hub of commerce and culture even in the 1850s. Other key locations include Portmore, Montego Bay, Savanna la Mar, and Mandeville, each with their unique histories and contributions to the overall Jamaican narrative. The coastal towns of Ocho Rios and Negril, famous for their stunning beaches and tourist attractions today, are also depicted, offering a historical perspective on these popular destinations.

What makes this map particularly interesting is the context in which it was created. The 1850s was a transformative period for Jamaica, a mere two decades after the abolition of slavery on the island. The map, therefore, captures a nation in the midst of significant social and economic changes. Furthermore, the mapmaker, John Tallis & Co, was one of the last great Victorian cartographic firms, known for their detailed illustrations and decorative borders. Their distinctive style adds an additional layer of interest to this map, making it not just a geographical representation, but also a piece of art.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x36in (61x91.5cm), 30x40in (76x101.5cm), 37x50in (94x127cm), 45x60in (114x152.5cm) and 52x70in (132x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 18x24in (45.5x61cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of the Caribbean by Willem Blaeu in 1640.

The locations on this map include: Kingston, Portmore, Montego Bay, Savanna la Mar, Black River, Mendeville, Ocho Rios and Negril.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone interested in Jamaica or someone who has visited the beautiful island of Jamaica.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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