antique earth map

The map is one of the most influential maps of the 16th and early 17th Centuries, having had a profound impact on contemporary American Cartography. Ortelius' ability to locate and draw upon Spanish and Portugese sources is apparent throughout the map and is quite remarkable, given the manner in which each nation guarded its cartographic information. From the 1579 Latin edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas of the World.

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