by Joan Blaeu


Date of first edition: 1640

Date of this map: 1644-1655

Dimensions of the map (not including margins):  38 x 50,3 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 51 x 58,8 cm

Condition: Very good. Centre fold as published. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: text in Latin

Map reference: Van der Krogt 2, 9400:2

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; Van der Krogt 2:202-3, Page I, 10



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The Americas
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Virginia et Florida

This map covers the area from the mouth of Cheseapeake Bay to northern Florida. The coat of arms at the top right is again that of King James I. The presence of the other smaller coat of arms, that of the French Bourbon dynasty, is surprising (… or at least not). It is justified on the basis of the short-lived French presence in an attempt to build a colony there. In 1562 Jean Ribault founded Charlesfort on Parris Island (not shown). In 1565 the Spanish took over the settlement and built Santa Elena next to it. Both sites merged into Porto Royal. The original foundation date 1562 is mentioned on the map next to the branch. Along the coast, in the north, Chesapeack bay, Newport nesa (Newport News, founded by the Irishman Daniel Gookin in 1621), the current Outer Banks with tiny Roanonck, C. de Ste Roman (present-day Cape Fear) and Sandhoeck inside. (the sandbanks north of Charleston). Inland there are several references to the Appalachians: Apalatcy montes in quibus aes aurum et argentum invenitur: Indians are said to be looking for gold and silver here.

In 1606 Jodocus Hondius had already published a map of more or less the same area. It was then a composite derived from a White map of Virginia and a Le Moyne map of Florida. Blaeu and Janssonius published an almost identical map of the same area in 1638 (or is it 1640?) And 1639 respectively. A subtle detail reveals a small difference: in the top right corner of Blaeu’s map, there is a point behind the words Powhatan and SECOTAN, while this is missing on Janssonius’s map. The issue dates of these maps, both after the first settlement in Nieuw Amsterdam in 1624, ensure that some toponyms in Dutch can be found here and there.

Original title: Virginiae Partis Australis, Et Floridae Partis Orientalis …, 1649-55.