The New Island Behind Hispania by Sebastian Münster, 1540
This was the first separate map of the Americas. Note the dismembered human tied to a tree in South America near the text Canibali, and the city of Temistitan (or Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City)
Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage is symbolized by a ship in the Pacific Ocean

The New Island Behind Hispania by Sebastian Münster, 1540

This was the first separate map of the Americas. Note the dismembered human tied to a tree in South America near the text Canibali, and the city of Temistitan (or Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City)

Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage is symbolized by a ship in the Pacific Ocean

This weekend I saw a complete 1603 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius in the Connecting Seas exhibit at the Getty Museum. I never thought I’d see one in person. The editions after 1589 contain this lovely map of the Pacific Ocean, including an imaginary continent of Terra Australis (Australia was not seen by Europeans until 1606).

This weekend I saw a complete 1603 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius in the Connecting Seas exhibit at the Getty Museum. I never thought I’d see one in person. The editions after 1589 contain this lovely map of the Pacific Ocean, including an imaginary continent of Terra Australis (Australia was not seen by Europeans until 1606).