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Introduction:

This strait, believed to separate northwestern America from northeastern Asia, was related to the centuries-long quest to find a Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The rumor of this strait and a Northwest Passage in general inspired many voyages of discovery, including those of John Cabot, Sir Francis Drake, Gaspar Corte-Real, Jacques Cartier, and Sir Humphrey Gilbert.

The term Anian itself comes from Marco Polo’s thirteenth-century accounts of his travels. Polo used the term to refer to the Gulf of Tonkin, but cartographers thought it could refer to this supposed strait between Asia and North America. The Strait of Anian, so named, first appeared in a 1562 map by Giacomo Gastaldi, and was later adopted by Bolognini Zaltieri and Gerard Mercator.


Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1679
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
62284

Archived

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1610 circa
Size:
18.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
57016
Place/Date:
Venice / 1596
Size:
7 x 5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
59526
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50067
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
4 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
63850
Place/Date:
Frankfurt / 1686
Size:
4 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
65305
Place/Date:
London / 1752
Size:
18 x 10.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
67600
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
4 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
69682
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
25 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
71413
Place/Date:
Venice / 1596
Size:
7 x 5.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
71506
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1610 circa
Size:
18.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57557
Place/Date:
Siena / 1601 (1634)
Size:
31.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
72385
Place/Date:
Siena / 1601
Size:
31.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
73593