Tag Archives: 18th century

Down the PARES rabbit hole

I spent some time searching PARES yesterday, and I came across a great Spanish Royal Treasury register for Havana from 1788. It is filed as “Mapa de la isla de Cuba y plano de las fortificaciones y torre faro del … Continue reading

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Mapping colonial Havana & experimenting with digital tools

I started annotating a 1798 map of Havana, in Thinglink, to pinpoint major administrative and religious building and landmarks. Initially, I wanted to use the map to help me think through urban space for an article I am writing. The article focuses on a … Continue reading

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Captain General Luis de las Casas

Son notorias a todo el público las sabias medidas que ha tomado S.E. para promover todos los ramos de la felicidad pública; ya persiguiendo con severa templanza a los vagos, ociosos jugadores y gentes de mal vivir, de cuya sentina … Continue reading

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Havana harbor

I should be writing, but instead I am looking at a charming engraving of early eighteenth-century Havana from the John Carter Brown Archive of Early American Images (record number 07-69-4). Havana harbor with galleons Martin Engelbrecht ca. 1731-1756 Engraving with hand … Continue reading

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Copley & Havana

Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley 1778 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art From the National Gallery of Art site: ”John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark was inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749. Fourteen-year-old Brook … Continue reading

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