1682 Dutch map of the Caribbean and the Americas

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Replica 1682 Dutch map Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali ac Regiones Adiacentes, a C. de May usque ad Lineam Aequinoctialem.. by Nicholas Visscher. It is one of the first maps in the lineage of Dutch maps of the region to detail inland areas rather than strictly adhering to coastlines. The map shows the Caribbean Islands, the eastern part of Mexico, Central America, the northern part of South America, Florida, and an area now part of Georgia and South Carolina. Oddly, this area is named French Florida (Florida Galli) despite the reality that the French colonies in the area had been destroyed by the Spanish well before this map was drawn. The map extends as far north as Virginia and Delaware Bay.

A number of cartographic myths appear on the map, including the large lake which appears in Georgia, a non-existent mountain range extending from the Piedmonts right across the continent, and the archetypal cartographic myth, El Dorado located on Lacus Parime in Guyana. Interesting early treatment of the Mississippi River Valley, which is far to the west of its proper course and shows little of the French Jesuit information which was to be reported in the following decades.

Excellent detail in the Caribbean. Two lovely cartouches with cherubs and mermaids decorate opposite corners. Eight ships sail the seas and three native canoes are depicted off the coast of North America.

Printed on period correct linen and cotton blend laid paper.

463x564 mm in size.