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Nice old color example of Pieter Goos's sea chart of the southern part of South America, extending from the lower Rio de la Plata in the north to Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan in the south.

Goos's sea chart reflects the earliest of a series of chartings of the region, which was followed in succession by the charts of Hendrick Doncker and Frederick De Wit. As can be seen from the following links, the Goos chart is the earliest of the group, with the most notable difference being the lack of a southwestern coastline for Magellanica. It is the also the only map of the three to pre-date the use of the name Tierra del Fuego (Terre de Fuenica), which is shown on the other maps. The discoveries of Staaten, Mauritius and Le Maire are shown on each of the three maps.

De Wit: /gallery/detail/18483

Doncker: /gallery/detail/22694

Pieter Goos Biography

Pieter Goos (ca. 1616-1675) was a Dutch map and chart maker, whose father Abraham Goos (approx. 1590-1643) had already published numerous globes, land and sea maps together with Jodocus Hondius and Johannes Janssonius in Antwerp.

Pieter Goos gained recognition due to the publication of sea charts. He bought the copperplates of the famous guide book for sailors, De Lichtende Columne ofte Zeespiegel (Amsterdam 1644, 1649, 1650), from Anthonie Jacobsz.  Goos published his own editions of this work in various languages, while adding his own maps. In 1666, he published his  De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Weereld, which is considered one of the best sea atlases of its time.  Goos' sea charts came to dominate the Dutch market until the 1680s, when the Van Keulen family began to come to prominence.