Americae Nova Tabula, 1617 by Willem Janszoon Blaeu



Title

Americae Nova Tabula, 1617

Artist

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Ref GM732
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 28" x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
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Description  
This is an important and significant map by one of the world's finest cartographers. It was used by Blaeu as the standard map of America throughout the 17th century. The map’s appeal stems from its illustrations of native inhabitants and cities of Central and South America, including Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. The geography of North America is typical for this period, showing much of the 16th century exploration as well as Henry Hudson's discoveries in the early 17th century. The map was created when there was little knowledge of the interior; there are only hints of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River is cut off by a great cross-country mountain range. In the west, California is shown as a peninsula, in contrast to most other cartographers of this period who depict it as an island.