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Fine example of Cloppenburg's map of America.

The cartography is derived from the cartograhpy of Henricus Hondious. It includes a marvelous peninsular California, with the Northwest Coast of America stretching almost due westward toward Asia, with over 20 place names. The fadbled 7 Cities of Cibola appear on a lake, which it the apparent source of the Rio Grande, which is shown to flow into the Gulf of California.

Hudson Bay is shown to be open to the west, allowing for the possibility of the Northwest Passage.

The depiction of the East Coast of North America is also quite curious, packed full of early colonial placenames, while the Great Lakes and Long Island are entirely omitted.

South America is shown in an exaggerated size, with Indians and animal vignettes in the interior. The Atlantic is inhabited by the mythical islands of Frisland and Brasil.

The map was likely engraved by Pieter Van Den Keere and is richly decorated with sailing ships and sea monsters.

Reference
Burden 224 (first state).