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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas


Map of New Belgium
Rosenbach Museum & Library
Nicolaes J. Visscher,
Novi Belgii, Novaeque Angliae nec non partis Virginiae.

Amsterdam, c. 1655.

The Dutch set the technical standard of mapmaking in the 17th century, but Dutch maps were artifacts of statecraft as well as cartography. Visscher's map confers a great deal of territory claimed by the English to the Dutch, relegating "Nova Anglia" to a corner. While it acknowledges the presence of Indian tribes and seeks to label their territories, this map, like many others, also depicts North America as a field for competition among the European powers.

Details from this map
Mahican village Hudson valley
Mahican village Hudson valley

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