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Decorative map of Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia, illustrating the report of the voyage of Sebastian deOcampo. In 1508, de Ocampo mapped the entire coastline of Cuba for the first time and determined that Cuba was an island, not part of the mainland.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.