From: Dustin Hurt
Time: 8:51:03 PM
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Dustin Hurt Week 2- Dr. Cutler Gastaldi Map 24 January, 2000
Giacomo Gastaldi Universale Della Parte del Mondo Nuovamenta Ritrovata
This map, Universale Della Parte del Mondo Nuovamenta Ritrovata, was made by the Italian cartogropher, Giacomo Gastaldi in 1556. This map was made for an atlas called Navigationi et Viaggi, volume 3, pp. 455-456. The atlas, which has many maps compiled by Giovanni Battista Ramusio, features this woodcut of the New World. The map is based on the expeditions of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado and shows areas that he traveled near when he was searching for riches in 1540. Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s exploration of the western coast is also evident in the map. Some important features of the map are: * The continents of America and Asia appeared to be linked. * The area of la nova Spagna or "New Spain" is shown as mountainous (the Great Plains are very flat!). * The map shows the Baja peninsula which had just been discovered by Cabrillo. * South America has regions called Peru, Chile, and Brazil. * Just above the "a" in la nova Spagna is the city of Cibola. Cibola was thought to be a great city of gold. * It shows the Sierra Nevada mountains as the "snowy mountains" as noted by Cabrillo in his 1542 expedition. * This map also includes on it an island on the western side is Giapam or Japan.