1581 Ortelius Map

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1581 Ortelius Map

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 12, 2022

This map is titled "Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio" which means "America or the New World, a new description."
It is hand-colored and shows the western hemisphere as it was known in 1581. Notice there are no Great Lakes? 
It was created by renown cartography Ortelius and printed in Antwerp. Likely it was originally part of an atlas.