Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail of northern part of South America

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Date:1619

Description:Guiana, in South America was explored by men known to Shakespeare.

The Spanish ‘conquistadors’ who explored and sought to colonise the Amazon valley followed tales of a golden wealth beyond the wildest dreams of anyone in Europe. The English too sought to find fabled El Dorado (the Golden Land) and Walter Raleigh led an expedition in 1595, exploring four hundred miles up the Orinoco river, and also mapped part of the coast before his return to England. Raleigh’s second, disastrous, expedition to Guiana was in 1617-18. Although he travelled far into the interior of South America no treasures were discovered, but a colony in Guiana remained an English base, surrounded by the lands claimed by Spain and Portugal.

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


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