By ROGGEVEEN, Arent & ROBIJN, Jacobus , 1687

Caerte vande Cust Carolina Tusscheb B de S Matheo en C. Henry op Niew Verbeetert door

America North America
  • Author: ROGGEVEEN, Arent & ROBIJN, Jacobus
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Jacobus Robyn met Privilegio Voor is Iaaren A'o
  • Publication date: 1687.
  • Physical description: First state. Double-page engraved chart, with fine hand-colour in part and in outline.
  • Dimensions: 430 by 535mm (17 by 21 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2960


Large-scale sea chart of the Carolina coast – published in Roggeveen’s exceedingly rare sea pilot ‘Het Brandende Veen’.

In 1687 Robijn replaced the earlier chart of the south-east with this one. It is interestingly derived from Johannes van Keulen’s ‘Pas Kaart Van de Kust van Carolina,’ 1684, the publisher whom he had been working with in 1679. Robijn rotates the projection to a north-south one and in the process eliminates the south portion of Chesapeake Bay. The coastline is virtually identical but nomenclature does vary. One notable new addition is B de S. Anna and a sand bar is also placed at C Faire. The position of Charles Town is still on the south bank of the Rio Grande, a position from which it relocated in 1680.

Roggeveen, born in Delshaven, came to Middleburg, the seat of both the Dutch East and West India Companies, in 1658. He worked for both companies teaching the art of navigation and helped to maintain their collections of hydrographic manuscripts and charts, including Spanish portolans of the West Indies. In the mid-1660s, assisted by his access to these collections, Roggeveen embarked upon compiling a series of large-scale charts of the North American coastline, West Indies, and, later, West Africa. Many of his charts are based upon the earlier large-scale work of Hessel Gerritsz and Joan Vingboons, both cartographers for the Dutch East and West India Companies, but Roggeveen’s work was the first to show the whole coastline of North America and the Caribbean. He called this pilot ‘Het Brandende Veen’ or ‘The Burning Fen’; a pun on his name, as ‘veen’ means ‘fen’, and a heap of burning fen represents a fire on the coast to guide or warn ships.

The first edition of the atlas was published in 1675 by Pieter Goos, however, due to the death of Goos in the same year, and that of Roggeveen four years later, a second edition would not be published until 1680, by which time the plates had been acquired by the chart dealer Jacobus Robijn. Robijn went on to republish the second edition in 1689, with a third edition appearing in 1698.


  1. Burden 629 state 1.