National Geographic : 1970 Jan
Map Weaves SEVEN SQUARE FEET of tropic geog raphy, with notes interweaving rich threads of the New World's earliest history-this is your Society's latest map, West Indies and Central America, a special supplement to the January GEOGRAPHIC. To meet the needs of the Society's mount ing membership, 7,224,000 copies have been produced-the largest print order for a map in National Geographic history. For those who can set out to roam "the American Mediterranean" in person, this up to-date and colorful chart will become a prized traveling companion. Others will find it a magic carpet to waft them to the Carib bean on imagination's wings. The sun-drenched world unfolded here en compasses all the nations of Central America and a generous slice of South America, as well as the entire Caribbean with its storied isles and newly independent island countries. Cruise Ships Replace Bygone Galleons Although the gleam of Spanish gold is gone -much of it to the bottom of these seas in sunken galleons-millions of dollars pour into this region from the pockets of eager tourists pursuing sunshine and tranquillity. By jet and cruise ship more than 3,500,000 travelers visited the islands and countries of the Carib bean last year, nearly triple the number of visitors a decade ago. Framing the new map, 38 insets enlarge popular vacation goals-Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and many others. Detailed maps of the cities of Nassau, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan, and Kingston anchor the four corners in scales as large as 1.43 inches to the mile. Fifty-six notes in red span the full range of Western Hemisphere history. Near the top of the map, midway down the steppingstone Bahamas, a note points out the sandy cay of Shingled by surf, the world's second long est coral reef-after Australia's Great Bar rier-fringes British Honduras for 130 miles. Dark seaward side plunges steeply to great depths; pale waters to landward lie only 3 to 15 feet deep. KODACHROME BY MICHAELE. LONG,NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC STAFF© N.G.S.