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This document is the first page of a treatise that was first issued by King James I (1566–1625) in 1604 and later received a new printing in 1674. He was the King of Great Britain from 1603 until his death in 1625. The first English ruler from the…

This document is a map of Africa that was published by Gerhard Mercator in 1607. Mercator was a cartographer of great renown and he was very well known for his world map Typus Orbis Terrarum. While quite detailed and relatively correct in shape, it…

Early mapmakers (cartographers) depicted the New World based on maps drawn from coastal explorations, land travels, and even information heard word of mouth from American Indians or from colonists or traders.  They used symbols, pictures, and other…

This map, one of several created by engraver Theodor de Bry, depicts North and South America based on information gleaned from expedition surveys and personal accounts from explorers. Four famous explorers, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci,…

Although best known as the founder of the Boy Scout movement, Baden-Powell was also an artist of considerable skill.  While in South Africa, he modeled in clay as a relief from administrative duties.  The family of Baden-Powell's mother claimed…

This map is attributed to Captain John Smith (1580-1631) and is one of the earliest representations of Virginia. It was one of the first maps to be published in Europe that accurately depicted the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coastline. It also…

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer that was granted a charter by Queen Elizabeth I to explore the New World. His team landed on Roanoke Island in 1584 and the crew quickly set about befriending the local Native Americans, two of whom returned…

This map, one of several created by engraver Theodor de Bry, depicts the coastal region from Cape Fear (North Carolina) to the Chesapeake Bay. The map includes the names and locations of Indian settlements and was oriented so that west was at the top…

This world map was created by Gerhard Mercator (1512–1594) and published in 1607. It shows both western and eastern hemispheres, split into two circular halves, and includes latitude and longitude lines as a locational grid. Citation: Mercator,…
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