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1585-1606 - Not traced

Date and place of birth of cartographer and draftsman Battista Boazio are not known. Whilst resident in London, he was commissioned by Francis Drake in 1585 to accompany him to the Carribean and record his exploits against the Spanish. Drake made raids of various communities in the West Indies, including St Augustine, Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Cartagena. The commission led to the first published view of Santo Domingo and other locations that were subsequently engraved by Jodocus Hondius. These views intitially appeared in Walter Brigges’s account of Drake’s voyage (1588). His map of Ireland was used in the Theatrum orbis terrarium. He was sponsored by Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, to draw a map illustrating the capture of Cadiz, which was engraved by Thomas Cockson. He died in London in 1606.

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