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Accession number 1996.28
Catalog Number 1996.28.1
Object Name Map
Scope & Content La Florida by Abraham Ortelius (Ortelius-Chiaves). Copper plate engraving with full color. Atlas sheet (2 pages glued together) also shows Peru and NE Mexico. Show Spanish place names and tribes itentified by DeSoto's manuscript map.

The French passage on the back of the map translates roughly into:
Florida is a section of the Northern American hemisphere: It is called this way because of the day of the flowered Easter, when Spaniards first touched ground, known as the day of our salvation 1521. Thevet writes that it was named this way because it (Florida) was so green and flowery. The French however tried to make it a colony and send people over to develop it.But they were not able to do so since the Spaniards chased them away several times. The natives are barbaric, fowl and inhuman. They eat spiders, lizards, snakes and other poisonous beasts. The province is itself pretty fertile, and quite abundant in gold.
Title La Florida, Auctore Hieron, Chiaves
Date 1584
Pub Date 1584
Condition Good
Imagefile 002\1996281.JPG
Size 16.5'' h x 21.5'' w