JCB Map Collection
D582 H155d copy 1
Illustri viro, domino Philippo Sidnaeo Michael Lok civis Londinensis hanc chartam dedicabat: 1582.
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Map of the Western or Atlantic Ocean, showing the western coast of Europe and Africa, the eastern coast of North America, part of Mexico, and the Caribbean basin. Cartographic elements include degrees of latitude and longitude (based on a Ferro meridian). Includes Norembega, lands named for Queen Elizabeth, California shown as a pennisula, Sagunay, Hochelaga, and an island named Lok.
Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616
Diuers voyages touching the discouerie of America, and the ilands adiacent vnto the same, made first of all by our Englishmen, and afterward by the French-men and Britons and certaine notes of aduertisements for obseruations, necessarie for such as shall heereafter make the like attempt, with two mappes annexed heereunto for the plainer understanding of the whole matter.
Imprinted at London : For Thomas VVoodcocke, dwelling in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the blackebeare., 1582
Colophon: Imprinted at London at the three cranes in the Vine-tree, by Thomas Davvson, 1582.
A propaganda publication intended to arouse English interest in overseas enterprise, including accounts of the products of America and the trade goods that would be suitable to the American Indians. This map is one of the last representations of the false Sea of Verrazanno, it is also interesting for reflecting Martin Frobisher's exploration of Baffin Island in 1576. Lok, a London merchant who was interested in discovering a Northwest Passage, invested heavily in Frobisher's first journey. Because of the secrecy imposed by the Privy Council, only four 16th-century maps contained any mention of lands explored by Frobisher. This map, one of the four, was created to attract investors to Sir Humphrey Gilbert's plan to colonize Newfoundland and to encourage further search for the Northwest Passage.
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