Collection Items

  • Book/Printed Material
    A Syrian Voyage in Central and South America. Father Henri Lammens was born into a Catholic family in Ghent, Belgium, in 1862. At the age of 15 he joined the Jesuits and later settled permanently in Lebanon. He mastered Latin and Greek and taught Arabic in Beirut. His first work was an Arabic dictionary, Farā'id al-lugha (The pearls of language), dating from 1889. He also served as editor for the Jesuit newspaper...
    • Contributor: Lammens, Henri - Shartouni, Rashid
    • Date: 1894-01-01
    • Resource: - 133 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    About the Natural History of the Indies.
    De la natural hystoria de las Indias
    Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478--1557) was one of the most important early chroniclers of the Spanish presence in the Americas. Born in Madrid of noble parents from Asturias, at age 12 he became a page to the Duke of Villahermosa. He witnessed the surrender of Granada and, in 1492, entered the service of Prince Don Juan I, whose death in 1497 changed the path...
    • Contributor: Fernández De Oviedo Y Valdés, Gonzalo
    • Date: 1526-01-01
    • Resource: - 106 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    An Account of a Selection of Plants of America.
    Selectarum Stirpium Americanarum Historia
    The first world-renowned natural scientist to set foot on Colombian soil was the Dutch physician and botanist Baron Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin (1727--1817). As a young man he showed such ability in his studies in Vienna that he attracted royal patronage. Emperor Francis I commissioned him to travel to the Americas for the purpose of collecting rare and exotic plants for the imperial parks of...
    • Contributor: Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph, Freiherr Von
    • Date: 1763-01-01
    • Resource: - 503 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    An Account of a Selection of Plants of America.
    Selectarum Stirpium Americanarum Historia
    The first world-renowned natural scientist to set foot on Colombian soil was the Dutch physician and botanist Baron Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin (1727--1817). As a young man he showed such ability in his studies in Vienna that he attracted royal patronage. Emperor Francis I commissioned him to travel to the Americas for the purpose of collecting rare and exotic plants for the imperial parks of...
    • Contributor: Bauer, Ferdinand - Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph, Freiherr Von
    • Date: 1780-01-01
    • Resource: - 300 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    The History and the State of Jamaica under Lord Vaughan. The History and the State of Jamaica under Lord Vaughan is a 71-page, handwritten report that chronicles events in Jamaica under John Vaughan, Earl of Carbery (circa 1639--1713; known as Lord Vaughan), governor of Jamaica 1674--78, and under his successor, Charles Howard, Earl of Carlisle (1629--85). The report covers the geography, geology, and climate of Jamaica; its demographics, including native peoples, free men, indentured...
    • Contributor: Blathwayt, William
    • Date: 1678-01-01
    • Resource: - 72 pages

  • Map
    Railway Map of Jamaica. This map, produced in the 1920s by the Transportation Department of the United States Department of Commerce, shows the railroads and rail stations of Jamaica, at that time a crown colony within the British Empire. Also shown are the island's main roads and its three counties--Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey--and their borders. The scale of the map is in statute miles (1 mile = 1.61...
    • Contributor: Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. Transportation and Communication Department
    • Date: 1920-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    West India Islands and the Approaches to the Panama Canal.
    West India Islands, & the Approaches to the Panama Canal
    This large folding map, issued by the London Geographical Institute during World War I, shows the islands of the Caribbean Sea and the approaches to the Panama Canal. The canal had opened to traffic in early 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the war. Protection of the canal against possible sabotage by Germany was a concern of U.S. military planners in World War I...
    • Contributor: London Geographical Institute
    • Date: 1915-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of the Island of Cuba and Surrounding Territories.
    Mapa de la Isla de Cuba y tierras circunvecinas según la división de los naturales con las derrotas que siguió el Almirante Cristóbal Colón para servir de ilustración a su historia
    José María de la Torre y de la Torre (1815-73) was an illustrious Cuban geographer, archaeologist, historian, and educator who devoted a great part of his intellectual life to the study of local Cuban history. This cartographic work of 1841 by José María de la Torre is important from a historical as well as a geographical point of view. It describes in detail the...
    • Contributor: Torre, José María De La
    • Date: 1841-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    Map of Central America, 1856.
    Map of Central America
    This 1856 map of Central America was created by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, based on information provided by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and edited and printed by the New York mapmaker and publisher Adolphus Ranney (1824-74). It shows the extreme southern part of Mexico and the six countries of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador (El Salvador), Nicaragua, Costa...
    • Contributor: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations - Julius Bien and Company - United States Coast and Geodetic Survey - Ranney, Adolphus
    • Date: 1856-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Fruit Boat, Jamaica. This watercolor is from an album of original drawings and watercolors done by an English lady by the name of Catherine Street, about whom further information is unavailable. The album also includes military scenes, a view of the battle of Waterloo, and pictures of Britain and Europe, painted in the early years of the 19th century and published in 1821. This 1811 picture seems...
    • Contributor: Street, Catherine
    • Date: 1811-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A View in Jamaica. This watercolor is from an album of original drawings and watercolors done by an English lady by the name of Catherine Street, about whom further information is unavailable. The album also includes military scenes, a view of the battle of Waterloo, and pictures of Britain and Europe, painted in the early years of the 19th century and published in 1821. This picture shows a...
    • Contributor: Street, Catherine
    • Date: 1800-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Overtaken in a Hurricane, Jamaica. This watercolor is from an album of original drawings and watercolors done by an English lady by the name of Catherine Street, about whom further information is unavailable. The album also includes military scenes, a view of the battle of Waterloo, and pictures of Britain and Europe, painted in the early years of the 19th century and published in 1821. This vivid sketch, painted...
    • Contributor: Street, Catherine
    • Date: 1812-01-01
    • Resource: - 1 page