Three beautiful copperplate-engraved antique maps in original hand color, printed on one sheet and published by Abraham Ortelius more than 400 years ago:  La Florida. The first printed map of the American Southeast the fascinating "La Florida, " as the Southeast was called at the time, stretching along the Atlantic from the Carolinas to the Mexican coast. This map is based on actual information gathered during Hernando De Soto's explorations of the area in the early 1540s, and it shows Indian settlements, mountains, and river systems. It was drawn by Gerónimo Chaves, the Royal Cosmographer to Philip II of Spain and has two decorative cartouches. It measures 15.3 x 22.1 cm [6" x 8¾"] neat line to neat line and locates a number of features found on today's maps, including Cape Canaveral (Cañareal on the map), the Tortugas, Bahamas, and Bimini.The Mississippi River is R. Spiritu , the name given it by early Spanish explorers, and today's Tuscaloosa, Alabama is Tascalisa.
East-central Mexico along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, with decorative title cartouche and dozens of place names. Measures 17.6 x 22 cm [7" x 8¾"] neat line to neat line.  Peruviæ auriferæ regionis typus. The gold-producing region of Peru. Includes present-day Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Venezuela and Colombia.
The Amazon River is shown with several of its tributaries, and the map locates Bogota, Lake Maracaibo, the Galapagos Islands, and dozens of other features. Didacus Mendezius, named in the title block as author of this map, is likely Diego Méndez or Didaco Mendezio, chaplain of the monastery of the Incarnation in Lima, and cartographer for the viceroy of Peru. This panel labels the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn. With two Spanish sailing ships and a decorative title cartouche.
Measures 34 x 22 cm [13¼" x 8¾"] neat line to neat line. Overall dimensions of the three panels together, neat line to neat line, are 34.5 x 46.2 cm [13¼" x 18¼"], with wide margins on all sides.This map was published circa 1606 in Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. There is Latin text on the reverse side, with the signature 9 in the lower corner. This map is in excellent condition. The paper is clean and sound, with wide margins and no marks, rips, or tears. There is a vertical center fold, as issued.
Please see the scans, which include views of the front and back of the full sheet, and feel free to ask any questions. This is an original , authentic antique map, not a reproduction or modern reprint, and it is fully guaranteed to be genuine.The map of Florida and the Southeast is the earliest regional mapping of the area, and three panels together give an excellent window into Spanish regions of influence in the 16th century. This gorgeous map would make a very handsome display in your den or office. It would also make a perfect gift, and we'll include our helpful framing tips for your reference. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. The item "Original 1606 Ortelius 3-Panel Map LA FLORIDA Panama Colombia Peru Amazon Mexico" is in sale since Saturday, April 18, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\North America Maps". The seller is "new_world_maps" and is located in Lake Worth, Florida. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.