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

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Date:1619

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

Courtiers of James I were familiar with travelers returning from the new found lands of North and South America, including Sir Walter Raleigh's ill-fated trips to Guiana, and beyond, in 1595 and 1617. In The Comedy of Errors 'America, the Indies' is described as full of wealth 'rubies, carbuncles, sapphires ' (3,2, lines 136-141).


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 - detail, a galleon and a flying fish, off the coast of Brazil.
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail, a galleon and a flying fish, off the coast of Brazil.

Many of Shakespeare's contemporaries sailed to America. English ships were famed ...

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