Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail, The Pacific Ocean and Solomon Islands, showing a galleon and a sea creature, probably a whale.

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Date:1619

Description:Ships from Shakespeare’s England explored the world.

The sailing vessels that traded up the river Thames to London and set off from the English Channel, or from West country ports, were familiar to Shakespeare. The Tempest opens with the Boatswain and other sailors adjusting sails in the face of the oncoming storm that is to wreck them on Prospero’s island. ‘yare, yare, take in the top-sail, tend to the master’s whistle... down with the top-mast, yare, lower, lower, bring her to try wi' th' main course...' (1,1, line 1-34).


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


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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
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]

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1610s
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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