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Oceani occidentalis seu terrae tabula, 1541

 Item — Container: Drawer 122 : L : 4, Section: 3
Identifier: 2020-SC-024-020
Oceani occidentalis seu terrae tabula
Oceani occidentalis seu terrae tabula

Scope and Contents

"Thirty years after Martin Waldseemüller printed one of the first maps of the Americas, Lorenz Fries published an updated European perspective on the New World. “Terra Incognita” on Waldseemüller’s map has become “Terra Nova” on Fries’s. The Castilian flag marks Spanish territorial claims in the Caribbean, while the continent’s indigenous people are caricatured as primitive, reflecting common European misperceptions of native cultures." -- Mapping the “New World”: Highlights from the Paul Schott Stevens Collection


  • 1541


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1 Sheets : 1 map ; hand colored ; 38 x 29 cm, on sheet 54 x 38 cm

Language of Materials


Materials Specific Details

Scale not determined. Relief shown pictorially. Includes tropic of cancer, equator, and tropic of capricorn lines. Includes illustrations.


Strasbourg : Lorenz Fries, 1541

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121