Saturday, February 5, 2011

North America, 1650

From Microcolour International website, this map and the following explanation appear.  The map is available for sale on their site:

This brilliant coloured map by Nicolas Sanson is a fascinating combination of scientific cartography and geographic misinformation. While it was the first printed map to show all five of the Great Lakes, it perpetuated the tradition of depicting California as a huge island. The legendary lands of Ciboa and Quivira are vaguely located in the Southwest and the Rio Grande is shown with its mouth on the west coast.

1 comment:

Tom Kauffman said...

Just think, a little over 350 years later we are taking map-like pictures from outer space. The map makers on the little ships of discovery could never have imagined.