Old Map of the Americas by Visscher, 1690: Central America, Caribbean, Polynesia, Atlantic Islands, Amazon Rainforest
Old Map of the Americas by Visscher, 1690: Central America, Caribbean, Polynesia, Atlantic Islands, Amazon Rainforest
Old Map of the Americas by Visscher, 1690: Central America, Caribbean, Polynesia, Atlantic Islands, Amazon Rainforest
Old Map of the Americas by Visscher, 1690: Central America, Caribbean, Polynesia, Atlantic Islands, Amazon Rainforest

Old Map of the Americas by Visscher, 1690: Central America, Caribbean, Polynesia, Atlantic Islands, Amazon Rainforest

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Unearth the rich tapestry of the Americas as seen through the eyes of Dutch cartographer Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Our offering, the 'Novissima et accuratissima totius Ameriae', or 'The Newest and Most Accurate Map of the Whole of America', is a breathtaking illustration of North and South America. This map, meticulously crafted by Visscher, the grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age, offers a unique perspective on the political and geographical divisions of the time.

Explore the vibrant Central America, the Caribbean's tropical charm, the vast expanse of the Amazon Rainforest, and the mystique of Polynesia and the Atlantic Islands. The map's unique hand coloring in outline and engraved details bring these regions to life, showcasing the cities, towns, waterways, canals, landmarks, and Indian settlements that made up the Western Hemisphere at the end of the 17th century.

Immerse yourself in the intricate details of this map, such as the depiction of California as an island and a small slice of New Zealand at the lower left corner. The open-ended Great Lake, conjectural Northwest Passage, and Straits of Anian add an element of exploration and discovery. The map's decorative cartouches, compass roses, and a vignette of natives in South America further enhance its visual appeal and historical significance.

This product is not just a map; it's a journey back in time, a testament to the artistry and geographical understanding of the Dutch Golden Age. The 'Novissima et accuratissima totius Ameriae' is a stunning piece of history, a conversation starter, and a perfect addition to the collection of any map enthusiast or history buff. With its rich details and accurate depiction of the Americas, it's a luxurious piece that invites viewers to explore, discover, and appreciate the world as it was seen over three centuries ago.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

North America:

  1. Quebec, Canada - Known as Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary," it is one of the oldest cities in North America and the only walled city north of Mexico.
  2. Boston, USA - Founded in 1630, it's one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
  3. New York, USA - Originally called New Amsterdam when it was a 17th-century Dutch settlement.
  4. Philadelphia, USA - Known as the "City of Brotherly Love," it was founded by William Penn in 1682.
  5. Charleston, USA - Founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England.
  6. Salem, USA - Known for the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692.
  7. Santa Fe, USA - Founded in 1610, it's the oldest state capital in the United States.
  8. Havana, Cuba - Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, it became one of the Caribbean's main centers for shipbuilding.
  9. St. Augustine, USA - Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it's the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in the continental United States.

South America:

  1. Bogota, Colombia - Originally called Santa Fe de Bogotá, it was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in 1538.
  2. Lima, Peru - Known as the "City of Kings," it was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535.
  3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, it's now known for its carnival festival.
  4. Santiago, Chile - Founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia.
  5. Buenos Aires, Argentina - Originally established as Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre (City of Our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds) in 1536.
  6. Asunción, Paraguay - One of the oldest cities in South America, it was founded in 1537 by Spanish explorer Juan de Salazar y Espinoza.
  7. Caracas, Venezuela - Founded in 1567 by Spanish explorer Diego de Losada.
  8. Quito, Ecuador - Known as San Francisco de Quito, it was founded by Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in 1534.
  9. Cuzco, Peru - The historic capital of the Inca Empire, it was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533.

Caribbean:

  1. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, it's the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas.
  2. San Juan, Puerto Rico - Founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City").
  3. Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Founded in 1749, it's known for its French colonial architecture.

Central America:

  1. Panama City, Panama - Founded in 1519 by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila, it was the starting point for expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru.
  2. San Salvador, El Salvador - Founded in 1525 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado.
  3. Guatemala City, Guatemala - Founded in 1776, it's known for its Mayan history and high-altitude location.
  4. Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Founded by Spanish colonists as Real de Minas de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa in 1578.
  5. Managua, Nicaragua - Originally a pre-Columbian fishing town, the Spanish colonists made it a city in 1819.
  6. San José, Costa Rica - Founded in 1738 by order of Cabildo de León, its historical district, the Barrio Amón, is home to several historic and visual art displays.
  7. Belmopan, Belize - While it only became the capital city in 1970, the area known as Old Belize was inhabited by the Mayans and was a center of the ancient Maya civilization.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  • Amazon Rainforest - The world's largest rainforest, it's home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife.
  • Andes Mountains - The world's longest mountain range, running along South America's western side.
  • Mississippi River - North America's second longest river, it was a significant transportation route in the 17th century.
  • Niagara Falls - Located on the border of New York and Ontario, it's one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.
  • Grand Canyon - Located in Arizona, it's one of the most famous examples of water erosion.

Notable Historical Events:

  • The founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628.
  • The signing of the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494, which divided the New World between Spain and Portugal.
  • The Pueblo Revolt in 1680, where Pueblo people in modern-day New Mexico rose against Spanish colonizers.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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The labels on this map are very small at 12x16in (30.5x41cm). The map is still very attractive, but you may struggle to read the smallest letters. Please buy a larger map if it's important to be able to read the map easily.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 1.5-3cm (0.6in to 1in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

See some examples of my framed maps and framed canvas maps.

A few different frame colours are available for free (black, brown, white, oak and antique gold). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

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For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised and custom made maps take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I have specialist printing and framing facilities in 17 countries around the world. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

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We can sometimes do next-day delivery if you order before 10am. But usually it's best to contact me first before you order.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I can also make maps on canvas, cotton rag and other exotic materials.

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If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

The options are almost infinite. Please see my map personalisation page for some wonderful examples of what's possible.

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Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 1,500 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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