An Old Unknown Map of America. The First to Show the Future Bering Strait

Henri Vignaud

Abstract


"This map is found without title, date, or the name of the author, in an atlas of the sixteenth century which we have had the pleasure of studying in the Americana library of M. Chadenat, a library rich in cartographical documents… Although this map in its condition does not give the author's name, we have no hesitation in attributing it to Gastaldi because it is clearly designed by the same author as two of the other maps in the collection... What characterizes this map and gives it exceptional historical importance is that contrary to all other maps by Gastaldi one sees America clearly separated from Asia."

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