Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio

Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection

Title: Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio

Title Translation: Guiana or Amazon Region

Alternative Title: Description of Guyana, or the kingdom of the Amazons

Barcode: 405

Creator: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651

Publisher: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651

Publishing Location: Amsterdam

Region Depicted: Venezuela · Guyana · Suriname · French Guiana · Brazil · Trinidad and Tobago · South America

Date Produced: 1636

Date Published: 1636

Language: English

Historical Context: This map is of particular interest for its depiction of the fictitious, large salt lake "Parime Lacus," with the legendary city of gold, "El Dorado," on its north-western shore. The descriptive text from the English edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas in which this map appeared describes the topography and climate, the natives and their customs, and the fauna and flora. In the final paragraph of the text, the tale is told of a Spanish explorer who is said to have visited El Dorado.

Subjects: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651 · Venezuela · Guyana · Suriname · French Guiana · Brazil · Trinidad and Tobago · South America · Amazon River · Maps--Early works to 1800

Map Type: Geographical, Political

Dimensions: 37 x 48 cm. on sheet 48 x 56 cm.

Printing Process: Engraving

Printing Technique: Copper

Material Type: Paper

Notes: From: Hondius - Janssonius Atlas, English edition, 1636-41. Note lower right: "Amstelodami, Henricus Hondius excudit."

Brief Description: Map of Northeastern South America, showing the area from Maracaibo, Venezuela to Northern Brazil, including the mouth of the Amazon River

Physical Description: 1 map: colored, illustrated

Theme: From Colonies to Local Control: Mapping North America, 1494 to 1867

Associated Cartouche: Cartouche 1, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio, Cartouche 2, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio, Cartouche 3, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio

Associated Map Imagery: Sea Monster, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio, Ship, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio, Naval Battle, 1636, Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio

Collection/Donor: Osher

Permanent URL: https://oshermaps.org/map/405.0001