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Caribbean charts and engravings

Identifier: SC88


The Caribbean Charts and Engravings 1555-1818 collection comprises fifty-five framed items that showcase the archipelago as well as individual islands drawn from the perspective of cartographers at that time. In addition to statistical data, topography and local history, several of the maps have unique illustrations which provide more information on the cultural aspects of the islands. It is a good resource to study cartography in the Caribbean.


  • Creation: 1555-1818

Biographical / Historical

Colin Laird was born in England, 1924 and migrated to Trinidad and Tobago where he became a naturalized citizen in 1964. He is a renowned architect responsible for designing buildings such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Library. He worked on several national committees including his stint as past President of the Trinidad Art Society. His contribution to the development of local architecture was rewarded in 2001 with the Chaconia Gold Medal, a national award of Trinidad and Tobago. His passion for yachting fueled his interest in map collection.


55 Linear Feet

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Custodial History

The collection was amassed by Colin Laird and housed at the Trinidad and Tobago National Library until 2009, when it was purchased by The University of the West Indies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Mr. Colin Laird in 2009.


The collection is numbered 1-57, however numbers 14 and 17 were are not acquired with the collection

Guide to the Caribbean charts and engravings,1555-1818
Colin Laird Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
868-662-2002 Ext 82132
868-662-9238 (Fax)