The 'Werbata' Maps

The Curacao Cultural and Historical Map was made in order to contribute to more knowledge, and to prevent more cultural and historic sites from being lost. The 'Curacao Cultural and Historical Map' indicates digitally where - insofar as known- important sites are located and will serve as a policy instrument when planning development projects in Curaçao. The Government decided in 1904 to have the Dutch Antillean islands recorded topographically. For this purpose, the topographer Werbata arrived in Curaçao in 1906, fully equipped with measuring and drawing instruments. In 1911, J. Smeulders & Co. in The Hague published the “Topographic map of Curaçao” on 18 pages, measuring 46 x 46 cm; nowadays known as the “Werbata maps”. In terms of accuracy, these beautiful and very detailed maps in color have never been improved by later topographic maps of the island, made with the help of aerial survey. The maps are therefore extremely informative for historical research.