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Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio

Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio

Artist: Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598)

Department: History
Date: 1589
Medium: Copperplate engraving - Ink, Paper
Dimensions:
18 9/16 x 23 in. (47.2 x 58.4 cm)
Classification: Communication Objects
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1979 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1982.213.1
DescriptionColored copper engraved map with paper and ink. The first line is illegible: "...of Abraham Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum."

This map was made in Antwerp, Belgium in 1589, or slightly later. The mark "NOVVS ORBIS" is located on the back of the map at the right side, with information about the map written in Latin. The date and artists name are at the bottom right.
Not on view
Label Text:Originally published in Latin, this map of the western hemisphere appeared in the most widely read atlas of the 16th and 17th centuries. Called the most spectacular atlas ever published, it went through 33 editions between 1570 and 1612.

The nature of navigation in the 16th century led to many errors. Instruments like astrolabes determined distance north to south, but no device accurately measured longitude, the east to west position.

Based upon the most recent reports and manuscript maps available, the reverse of the map contains a roster of the explorers used as sources. The location of Tiguex (Ti-wesh), Coronado's name for the region around modern Albuquerque, is west of the Baja peninsula. Quivira, the legendary golden city sought by Coronado in present-day Kansas, sits on the Pacific coast.