Bronze bust and azulejo map.
The plaque has the following inscription:
DE LA COSA
PILOTO DE LA SANTA MA-
RIA, HIZO EN ESTA CIU-
DAD EL PRIMER MAPA
DE AMERICA, EN EL AÑO
De la Cosa
Pilot of the Santa Maria,
Made in this city
The first map
Of America, in the year
The bust is signed C. Carreño 1977. The azulejo is signed M. Bernal 1992
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.
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.
The azulejo is protected by a plexiglass covering. That was necessary, since it was not spared by graffiti "artists" either.
Sources & Information
- Translations by Marcos Iglesias.
- Michel Pacou, Juan de la Cosa: A Christopher Columbus Philatelic Society Booklet, ed. by Donald R. Ager. Annex to the Society's journal Discovery! vol. 19, no. 3 (July 2001).
Locatie (N 36°35'48" - W 6°13'36") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: esan005;
Photograph: 12 March 2002
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