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Western Hemisphere, 17th century Dutch map. This shows the New World that was being discovered by Europeans exploring the Western Hemisphere of the Earth. The continents of North and South America (upper centre & lower right) are distorted because they had not yet been accurately mapped. In this map, detailed coastal names are provided and the western coast of South America has been corrected from previous maps. North America's western coast is still greatly distorted. At lower left is an artwork of the indigenous people of Brazil, while ships and sea monsters decorate the oceans. This 1628 map, published by Jodocus Hondius, continued the earlier work of Gerard Mercator.
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