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El Puerto de Santa Maria
Cádiz

Plaza Juan de la Cosa

Busto de Juan de la Cosa y su mapa de azulejos

Bust of Juan de la Cosa and his map in tiles

Cristina Carreño

1977

El Puerto de Santa Maria /  Busto de Juan de la Cosa y su mapa de azulejos   El Puerto de Santa Maria /  Busto de Juan de la Cosa y su mapa de azulejos

Description

Bronze bust and azulejo map.

Inscription(s)

The plaque has the following inscription:
JUAN
DE LA COSA
PILOTO DE LA SANTA MA-
RIA, HIZO EN ESTA CIU-
DAD EL PRIMER MAPA
DE AMERICA, EN EL AÑO
DE 1500.
Translation: Juan De la Cosa Pilot of the Santa Maria, Made in this city The first map Of America, in the year 1500.

The bust is signed C. Carreño 1977. The azulejo is signed M. Bernal 1992

Information Sign

Below the map, a separate azulejo says:
EN CONMEMORACIÓN DEL V CENTENARIO SE ERIGIÓ ESTE
MURAL QUE CONTIENE EL PRIMER MAPA CARTOGRÁFICO
DEL NUEVO MUNDO, REALIZADO POR JUAN DE LA COSA
EN EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA, LA CIUDAD SIENDO
ALCALDE D. HERNAN DIAZ CORTÉS, RINDE HOMENAJE A
TAN ILUSTRE CARTOGRAFO.
OCTUBRE DE 1992.
Translation: This mural was erected in commemoration of the Fifth Centenary containing the first cartographic map of the New World, made by Juan de la Cosa At the port of Santa Maria, the city, being its mayor D. Herman Diaz Cortés, renders homage to such illustrious cartographer. October, 1992.

Annotation

On the north side of the Castillo de San Marcos is the tiny Plaza Juan de la Cosa, where this companion of Columbus and first cartographer of the New World is commemorated with two memorials: A bust and an azulejo showing his world map of 1500.

Other bronzes by Cristina Carreño of Juan de la Cosa (identical to this one?) is in the Museo Colón in Valladolid, in Santander and in Santona.

Map

Juan de la Cosa's world map of 1500, with Peter van der Krogt standing next to it

The azulejo is protected by a plexiglass covering. That was necessary, since it was not spared by graffiti "artists" either.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 36°35'48" W 6°13'36"

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Item Code: esan005; Added: 12 March 2002  / Photograph: 12 March 2002

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