For sale is a full color pictoral map of the Caribbean with historical notes measuring 16 inches high by 22 inches wide. The lower right hand corner reads "Copyright W. P. Monan 1954, 1218 Valencia Ave., Coral Gables, Fla." The map title is "Historical Map of the Caribbean" under which is written "Sugar and Slavery were the two important factors in Caribbean colonial history. In order that sufficient labor be available for sugarcane production 10 million blacks were carried to the Americas in "floating hells". In chains, spaced 16 inches apart, these slaves were eventually to become a dominating influence in the modern history of the West Indies."
The Catalog of Copyright Entries 1954 Maps and Atlases Jan-Dec Vol 8 Pt 6, shows the copyright was issued 12-27-1954 to William Paul Monan, Copyright # F18032; it shows the scale of the map as 1 : 3,800,000.
Captain William P. Monan was a pilot for Pan American World Airways flying large seaplanes throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. After retiring from Pan Am, he worked as a consultant for NASA on their Aviation Safety Reporting System.
This map was offered for sale in Travel magazine 1956 Vol. 105, page 58 which reads “HISTORICAL MAPS of the Caribbean Full Color 17x22” Ideal for framing”. Note: Captain "Monon" misspelled in the ad. Although that ad states the dimensions as 17 X 22 inches, my map is 16 x 22 inches.
The map is in very good vintage condition with no tears. It had been stored rolled for quite some time and there are some impressed creases within the paper as well as some undulations. I have a couple of photos taken at an angle in the sunlight which show this, and if you're interested, I can email them to you. The back of the map has "Map of Caribbean" and dimensions written in pencil. Some slight yellowing due to age is also present.
In addition to a map of the Caribbean, Mr. Monan also produced maps of Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail in tube.
Please see photos for additional condition details and please don't hesitate to ask questions. Thanks for looking!