The E.G.R. Taylor Lecture 1982: Artists and Illustrators in the Early Mapping of North America

By David B. Quinn, published August 1986


This article presents a history of the European discovery of North America in the 16th century as revealed through the study of contemporary decorative maps. Decorative charts were a common feature of European art in the 16th century and were often produced as gifts for or between monarchs or men of high rank. Their status as beautiful objects in themselves led to their survival, which has thereby enhanced our knowledge of the progress of European discovery in North America.

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Filed under: Atlantic | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Science & Exploration

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