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Near the notation Costa de Piscadoris (Fishermen's Coast) is the opening of the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande River). On the right-hand side is Espíritu Santo, the mouth of the Mississippi River. The original map featured highlights of gold leaf on the compass rose and the mirrors held by the cherubs. This quality of work and detailing was often undertaken by Dutch mapmakers for wealthy clients of high social standing.
The Dutch were some of the most talented and artistic mapmakers in the world. A 1695 map of the Gulf of Mexico called Pas Kaart van de Golff van Mexico was part of a maritime atlas and shipping guide, the Zee-Fakkel (Sea Torch), that was printed in several languages by Johannes Van Keulen.
Drawn by Dutch cartographer, mathematician and writer Claes Janszoon Vooght, the map is a chart of the western Gulf of Mexico based on Spanish explorations showing the early Texas coastline. The area hand-colored pink and labeled "Mexico" is modern-day south Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.