Map of the Western Hemisphere from 1609
The map of the Americas by Jodocus Hondius is one of the most elaborate examples of fine Dutch cartography.
Decorations, including sea monsters, indigenous birds, native canoes and sailboats, are taken from De Bry's Grand Voyages.
Particularly notable is the scene of the natives preparing an intoxicating drink made from cassava roots, derived from Hans Staden's harrowing adventure in Brazil.
The continents are presented in a stereographic projection, which became increasingly popular in the early XNUMXth century.
It features the most correct western coastline of South America and narrows the width of Mexico.
However, North America is still very wide and Virginia has an exaggerated coastline. Terra Nova is based on Plancius. Coastlines are fully engraved with place names.
1609 Map of the Western Hemisphere – Historical Map