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Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacentibus

Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacentibus

Cartographer: Janssonius, Joannes

Medium: Ink On Paper

Date: 1636

Shelfmark: Maps K.Top.123

Item number: 3

Length: 40.4

Width: 56.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Map

This is a map by Dutch mapmaker Joannes Janssonius published from 1636 in later editions of Gerhard Mercator's celebrated atlas. It is basically a chart rather than a map complete with rhumb lines (for sailing directions) and place names written at right angles to the coast as in early manuscript sea charts. The outline colouring does not accurately reflect the colonising powers but is mainly for decoration. It is partly based on a similar map by rival Dutch mapmaker Joannes Blaeu.

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