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Giacomo Gastaldi:  Tierra Nueva [New England]

Maps of Southeast America (Virginia Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

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Title: Tierra Nueva [New England]

Map Maker: Giacomo Gastaldi

Place / Date: Venice / 1548

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 6 x 5.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $5,600.00

Inventory ID: 39949


Nice dark impression of Giacomo Gastaldi's imporatnt map of the East Coast of North America, the first "modern" printed map of the east coast of North America.

Gastaldi's map is the first printed map to incorporate, in meaningful detail, the results of Verrazzano’s 1524 explorations along the coast of North America, which established the existence of a contiguous coast from Florida to Nova Scotia. Gastaldi's map is also the first to attempt to reconcile Verrazzano’s reports with the reports from Cartier’s voyages to the Maritimes and Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the 1530s.  As such, it was the first attempt at a regional map of the East Coast.

The reference to Larcadia in the map is from Verrazzano and has been determined to be Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, by Morison. Angoulesme (New York Harbor), Flora (Long Island) and P Refuge (Narrangansett Bay), are also from Verrazzano's explorations.

Verrazano originally landed on the coast near Cape Fear, headed south briefly, before turning northward and sailing as far as the coast of Maine, then back to France. Tierra De Nurumberg is an early reference to New England. Following Gastaldi's work, Ruscelli's map is largely unchanged, except for the extension of the rivers and the depiction of the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers as joining each other, which is based upon Ramusio.

The map is one of the "modern" maps to appear in Giacomo Gastaldi's La Geografia and was one of the two earliest regional maps of America. 

References: Burden 30, Kershaw pp 22-23.

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Maps of Canada
Maps of the Mid Atlantic (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington D.C., West Virginia)
Maps of New England (Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire)
Maps of the Northeast (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey)
Maps of Southeast America (Virginia Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)