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Maps of the Caribbean

Early maps of the Caribbean, formerly known as the West Indies, tend to be as romantic as the Caribbean itself. Ornamented with strange fish, floating clouds, and sailing vessels, these maps document the voyages of explorers into the unknown tropics.

Italian artist Baptista Boazio created a series of engravings to highlight the narrative of Sir Francis Drake’s voyage through West India circa 1588. The map showing West India alongside the continent of Africa is replete with a massive tropical fish swimming away from the coast of West India and a Viking-style ship hovering off the eastern coast. The map of Santo Domingo shows a gigantic reptile and a sea monster lurking in the waters while the English fleet waits to attack the town. The figure of a sphinx lounges on top of the compass... Read more

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Map of California 1884

May 9, 2018, 8:00 AM PST
Reno, NV, USA

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Map of California 1886

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