Rosaccio world map, 1643

Rosaccio world map, 1643

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Caption: Rosaccio world map. 17th-century world map by Italian cartographer Giuseppe Rosaccio (c.1530-c.1620). First produced in 1597, this is thought to be the second state of 1643. The four corners contain allegorical figures and the principal cities of the four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and the New World (the Americas). Neptune is at lower centre. Illustrations and Italian notes on geography and ethnography across top and bottom, and in the vast unknown southern continent, mention the French in Florida and the English in Virginia. Explorers on the oceans include Walter Raleigh, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan.

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