Virginia item et Floridae
Engraved Map of the Southestern Coast of North America
Period frame
Gerard Mercator & Jodocus Hondius
Latin text on verso
Amsterdam, Circa 1606
Original Hand Color

A cornerstone map of Virginia and the southeast historically and among the most visually appealing. In 1606, Jodocus Hondius published a new edition of the Mercator Atlas (following Mercator’s death in 1594) that included fifty new maps by himself and others. Among the most important of these additions was Hondius’ map of Virginia and Florida that drew upon information gained from the White map of 1590 and the Le Moyne map of 1591. According to William Cumming’s “The Southeast in Early Maps” it was upon this map that subsequent cartographers would rely and whose influence both direct and indirect would extend into the middle of the eighteenth century. He also notes that the attractive cartouche illustrates the differences of buildings and fortifications between Florida and Virginia. (Map 26, page 133-135.)
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