Map of the World

Map of the World

Original Title: Vera Totius Expeditionis Nauticæ

(Accurate Description of the Voyage Round the World)

Year: c1595

Language: Latin

Creator: Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612)

Item Code: 15172

After his circumnavigation of the world from 1577 to 1580, Francis Drake presented Queen Elizabeth I with a map detailing his route. The map was destroyed by fire in 1698, but Dutch mapmakers made copies of Drake's map before it perished, including this one by Hondius. This map shows the routes around the world of both Drake's voyage and that of Thomas Cavendish between 1586 and 1588. A portait of Queen Elizabeth is shown below the royal coat of arms, and numerous inset drawings of the Golden Hind (the only ship to survive the voyage) in various locations are shown around the map, including the landing at New Albion (thought to be Drakes Bay north of San Francisco) and Java, and two views showing Drake's welcome at Moluccas (Indonesia).

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Related subjects: World, Age of Discovery