Early depiction of the Pearl as talisman

Klaas Oudt, who’s been reading this blog and helping with my research and hunt for the pearl, just sent me this image of a map originally published in 1589 which I thought it would be great to share with you too.


1589 map of Sir Francis Drake in Cartagena

It shows Drake’s involvement in the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1586) and is especially interesting because, as Klaas pointed out, it looks to be an early depiction of the talisman powers of the pearl after Drake found it on his voyage of circumnavigation 1577-80.

In the context of what we know about the pearl, this map seems to be a representation of the pearl (above the galleon) as a good omen in battle and a form of protection against the ancient sea monsters of the deep.

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