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Theodore de Bry, Map of America, circa 1596


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, Ferdinand Magellan, and Francisco Pizarro, are shown in each corner of the map, along with the date of their discoveries of land in North or South America.

Citation: Bry, Theodor de (1528-1598).  America sive novvs orbis respectv Evropaeorvm inferior globi terrestris pars / [Theod. de Bry].  Francofurti ad Moenum : formis Theod. de Bry, 1956?. G3290 1596 .B7 Voorhees collection, Library of Virginia.


History: VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4, USI.1, USI.2, USI.3, USI.4, CE.1, WG.1, WG.3,W.17, WHII.1, WHII.2, WHII.4, WHII.5, WHII.6, WHII.7, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3
English: 4.7, 5.7

Suggested Questions

Analyze: Compare the map of America to a modern map. How do they differ?

Analyze: Identifythe persons pictured on the map and show how they relate to American history.

Artistic Expression: Create your own map of America. Draw one person in each corner who you believe has had the most impact on American history. Explain why you chose the people you chose.


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