This American history map is packed with rich illustrations, inscriptions, engravings and is beautiful to experience in person. The official name of the map is “Americae sive quartae orbis partis nova et exactissima descriptio”. In English, this translates to “the exact description of America – the fourth part of the world”. The map was published by Casa de la Contratación – Spanish court agency. Diego Gutiérrez, a Spanish cartographer, is the author of the map. He collaborated with Hieronymus Cock, an engraver from Antwerp to produce this striking and highly ornamental map. It is worth mentioning this was the biggest engraved map of the Americas at the time.
The history of the map is not clear also because only 2 original engravings remained. One version of history suggests that official Spanish authorities ordered the map to define and reinforce the area of Spanish influence in the American region and recognise French, as well as the Portuguese presence. But let’s not go into the politics of that. If you want to know more bout the map here is a link that leads to a page of American Library of Congress where the history and background of the map are dealt with in great depth.
Astonishing details of American history map
This is a beautiful map with a lot of details and historical meaning. The big powers of Europe were dividing the new world and trying to get their share. You can get that sense when you view the map. You’ll see the coats of arms of Spain, France and Portugal. Sea creatures, Patagonian giants, monkeys, parrots, mermaids, cannibals and an erupting volcano in Mexico. According to some historians, that is one of the earliest mentions of California. Besides that, you can find Amazon River system marked on the map, other rivers of South American, Lake Titicaca, the location of Potosí, Mexico City and some others.
The size of the original map is 93cm x 86 cm (37” x 34”). Our version is slightly bigger to make sure it hangs confidently on a big wall.
Buying the map
The American history map is available in our Zmaps store. It is made to order. It only takes about 10 days to prepare the map for you and another 4-6 days for the shipping. You can add the map to cart or send us a message.