Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail, Florida and the east coast.

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Date:1619

Description:Virginia became England’s colony in Shakespeare’s time.

Virginia, named for England’s virgin queen, Elizabeth, was established in 1584 by Walter Raleigh, and Jamestown was settled as a colony in 1607, while the Spanish settled further south in Florida, and in the gulf of Mexico. It was a shipwreck of the Virginia-bound voyage in 1609 that led William Strachey in July 1610 to write the letter that is a probable source for The Tempest.

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


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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.

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