Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail including British Isles

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Date:1619

Description:Shakespeare’s England, on the edge of a world to be explored.

Maps of the known world were becoming more widely available to Shakespeare's contemporaries. Maps often use Latin, then an international language to assist their use by people from different countries. The Latin names for England (Anglia), Scotland (Scotia) or Ireland (Hibernia) are found here. The importance of the British Isles on the edge of the Atlantic is clear on this map of the Americas.

Full title: America Map of the Americas, from Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius Atlas, France, 1619. ](hand-coloured)

Note: Hispaniae pars [parts of Spain], Acores [the Azores] and Africae [part of Africa]


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1570s
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572  - detail - decorative title panel
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572 - detail - decorative title panel

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1590s
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Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.

The Americas in the reign of James I, Shakespeare’s patron. Courtiers of ...

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