Antique maps and prints of the Americas

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Canada

Central & South America

United States

 

Antique maps of the Americas – All Products

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About Prints and Maps of the Americas:

At the time of Columbus no printed map extended beyond the confines of the ancient Ptolemaic World. Soon after Columbus’s return, maps of America proliferated. There are now many to choose from. I have a large selection of antique maps of the Americas. I also have many antique views.

Christopher Columbus (1436-1506) Born in Genoa, Columbus settled in Lisbon, trying to raise capital for a proposed journey of discovery to the west. He was finally sponsored by Ferdinand and Isabella of Castile in 1492. He set sail with three vessels and 120 men, who were full of doubts and fears, for the Islands of Cipango (Japan), Mango (Southern China) and Cathay. Actually he was trying to reach the Spice Islands, which were reported to be rich in gold and precious stones. Eventually he discovered Cuba, but Columbus believed his first landfall was in India.

Early maps of America were printed in 1507 by Waldseemuller and by Münster (see Germany) in 1540. Printing had been discovered around that time, and the wealth of information and interest which the New world had generated, resulted in America being very well represented on printed maps.

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