Ortelius, Abraham (1527-1598). La Florida / Peruviae / Guastecan...

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Ortelius, Abraham (1527-1598).
La Florida / Peruviae / Guastecan...
Engraved map with original hand color in full.
Amsterdam, 1584 or later.
16" x 21 1/4" sheet, 25 1/2" x 30 1/2" framed.
This is one of the few sixteenth century maps based on Spanish sources; in this case drawn from reports of Hernando de Soto's expedition through the region. There are three maps on this sheet. The most important map (La Florida) is the first printed map of the southeastern portion of the United States. This influential map provided the foundation cartography for the region, particularly in the depiction of the river system. (Burden, 57).


The First Separately Printed Map of Florida!

Fine example of Ortelius' seminal map of Florida and the South, plus maps of Central and South America, from the 1609 Spanish edition of Oretlius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

A rare map of North America to be based upon Spanish sources, specifically Geronimo de Chaves, the Royal Cosmographer to Philip II of Spain. One of the earliest maps to show internal detail, based upon the findings of Hernando de Soto, as recorded by Gonzalo de Oviedo. This is the earliest regional mapping of the South and Southeast. The map provided the foundation cartography for the region, especially the river systems.

The map first appeared in the 1584 Latin edition of Ortelius' Theatrum. The Peru map depicts the regions conquered by the Spaniards in 1531-33 in today's Central America and most of northern South America. Guasteca shows a portion of east-central Mexico along the Gulf of the Mexico coastline. The material was drawn from the Casa de Contrataction, one of the earliest examples of the dissemination of Spanish cartographic information from the New World.

To view a 1.5 minute video description of this map by map collector Thomas Touchton, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D3fapkxRHo