Map2Ortelius1587

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Map2Ortelius1587
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This map was one of the first to show a large inlet stretching north above the Florida peninsula. Today we know that as Chesapeake Bay.

Notice how many of the names are unfamiliar, or appear with a strange spelling. Names are usually given by those who make the maps. As maps change, so do names.

The words in the title are Latin... a language used by mapmakers because most Europeans were familiar with it.

MAP: America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio 1587 - Abraham Ortelius

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