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Norumbega et Virginia

Author: Wytfliet, Corneille
Date: 1597
Location: Atlantic States, North America

Dimensions: 22.0 x 28.0 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:5,000,000]
Call Number: MAPPING BOSTON COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

Wytfliets publication was essentially the first atlas devoted solely to the Americas. It consisted of a world map, 18 regional maps, and a text on the discovery, natural history, and geography of the New World.

Displayed here is the map that depicted the northeastern coast of North America from the Carolinas to New England. The map named Virginia shortly after Sir Walter Raleighs failure to settle a colony at Roanoke. The name Norumbega designated the unknown lands of northeastern America until John Smith explored the region and published his map of 1614 christening the territory New England.

The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.

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