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By Elizabeth A. Sutton

In Capitalism and Cartography within the Dutch Golden Age, Elizabeth A. Sutton explores the interesting yet formerly overlooked historical past of company cartography throughout the Dutch Golden Age, from ca. 1600 to 1650. She examines how maps have been used as propaganda instruments for the Dutch West India corporation which will motivate the commodification of land and an total capitalist agenda.

development her exploration round the valuable determine of Claes Jansz Vischer, an Amsterdam-based writer heavily tied to the Dutch West India corporation, Sutton indicates how revealed maps of Dutch Atlantic territories helped rationalize the Dutch Republic’s international enlargement. Maps of land reclamation initiatives within the Netherlands, in addition to the Dutch territories of latest Netherland (now manhattan) and New Holland (Dutch Brazil), demonstrate how print media have been used either to extend funding and to undertaking a typical narrative of nationwide harmony. Maps of this period confirmed these obstacles, commodities, and topographical information that publishers and the Dutch West India corporation retailers and governing Dutch elite deemed major to their time table. within the procedure, Sutton argues, they perpetuated and promoted glossy kingdom capitalism.

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Large plan maps of Dutch cities, in six sheets, with buildings indicated, ranged from forty to sixty stuivers, or two to three guilders. The grandest maps of more than fifteen sheets ranged between three and five guilders. Typically prices correlated with size and quality— larger, multi- sheet maps required more time and labor for engraving or etching, more copper for the plates, and more paper. Visscher’s entrepreneurial spirit is suggested by the fact that his name is the most frequent of the cartographers listed in the advertisements published by Broer Jansz and Jan van Hilten in their respective news corantos, published weekly in Amsterdam as folios printed on both sides.

They are, of course, more fragile and ephemeral, and may not always have been recorded in inventories. Some maps were hung on walls in single- or multi- sheet monumental form, and were more likely to be listed in notarized documents, while others were bound in books and atlases, or kept loose or in packets. Maps provided information, and could exhibit an owner’s erudition and political awareness. 9 Dutch people decorated their homes and work places with both prints and 24 / Chapter Two paintings of local and overseas topographical subjects.

P. 45 in Simon Stevin, Castrametatio (Leiden: Elsevier, 1618). A: General’s quarters. B: A place for daily business with the General. C: Market. D: Various quarters for the officers, artillery, war munitions, chariots, forage, foreigners, and others. E: Infantry regiments; the black marks the cavalry regiments. F: Street 50 feet wide. James Ford Bell Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 39 Stevin’s ideal designs and methods for mathematical and rational surveys were important for the visual and rationalist conception of the new state.

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