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Santiago de Cube
Draftsman:Drawn by Charles H. Ourand , American, 1857 - after 1920
Printmaker:Lithographed by Julius Bien , 1826 - 1909
Original Owner:Originally owned by George Malpas Cole , American, died 1933
Lithography; black and red printer's ink on cotton
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 38 5/8 x 23 3/4in. (98.1 x 60.3cm) Sheet (height x width): 41 5/8 x 26 7/8in. (105.7 x 68.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Clara B. M. Cole
Gallery Copy: Although the Connecticut National Guard was used exclusively for coastal defense and saw no action during the Spanish American War, Connecticut men in the regular army saw active service, primarily in the Philippines, but also in Cuba and Puerto Rico. This map belonged to George Malpas Cole of Hartford, Connecticut, who served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the Fourth United States Volunteers in Cuba. Santiago was a major American objective during the Spanish American and several pitched battles, including the Battle of San Juan Hill, were fought in that area.
Description: Map of part of the province of Santiago de Cuba. Places are marked with their name and a circular symbol. Roads and what appear to be railroads are shown. Physical features include islands and rivers. Water depth is measured in fathoms; height is measured in feet. Other numbers are shown around on the map, in the areas representing water. Some of the numbers have letters representing some kind of units of measurement, although what they are is unclear. Below the title is list of the symbols denoting capitals, district seats, boundary lines, railroads, and roads. The abbreviations listed below signify physical features such as rivers, swamps, and hills; farms; sugarmills; harbors; shops and more. In the bottom is an inset index map showing all of the maps in the series.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1:250,000 Medium Note: Most sources state that cloth maps were first used by the American military in World War II, but this map is part of a series of cloth maps of Cuba produced by the Adjutant General's Office for use during the Spanish American War.
Inscription: Recto, top left, printed in black ink: "ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, M.I.D." Top right, printed in black ink: "CUBA - SHEET No. 8" Top, printed in black ink: "MILITARY MAP / OF THE / ISLAND OF CUBA / Prepared in the / WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE / MILITARY INFORMATION DIVISION / From the Latest Official Sources / 1898" Bottom left, printed in black ink :"JULIUS BIEN & CO PHOTO. LITH." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "Drawn by C.H. Ourand" Bottom right, handwritten in black ink: "2082"
Object Number: 1953.56.25
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