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Sold for US$750

Early Americas Gold Trade map, Abraham Ortelius Antwerp, 1584/1612, (Abraham Ortelius, 1527-1598) LA FLORIDA/GVASTECAN/ PERVVIAE AVRIFERAE. Map of the Spanish province of "La Florida", from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Drawn by Spanish royal cartographer Geronimo de Chiaves (1523-1574); handcolored engraving, framed, sheet H16" W21"

Provenance: Jonathan Potter, LTD, purchased 1982
Southern private collection

Literature: Cummings, William P. THE SOUTHEAST IN EARLY MAPS. map #5

Other Notes: Abraham Ortelius, published this superb three-part map of the New World in editions of his atlas dating from 1584 to 1612. This map's particular importance is La Florida, the first atlas map of the American Southeast, which depicts an area stretching along the Atlantic from the Carolinas to the Mexican coast. It is one of the very few maps printed in the sixteenth century that was based on actual Spanish sources. Drawing heavily on information gathered during Hernando De Soto's exploration of the area in 1539-42, the map shows for the first time the interior of the American Southeast and Texas gulf coast, with Indian settlements, mountains, and waterways. One of the few prototype maps of the southeastern North America, the influence of the map was considerable. The other two maps on the sheet are of Peru, an important source of gold and silver for the Spanish, and Guatemala, with its strategic coastline. Together, these three maps describe in detail the most significant parts of the New World in sixteenth century.
Estimate $ 500-1,000


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