Old Map of the Magellan Strait by Visscher, 1690: Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Rio Gallegos, Riesco
Old Map of the Magellan Strait by Visscher, 1690: Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Rio Gallegos, Riesco
Old Map of the Magellan Strait by Visscher, 1690: Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Rio Gallegos, Riesco
Old Map of the Magellan Strait by Visscher, 1690: Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Rio Gallegos, Riesco

Old Map of the Magellan Strait by Visscher, 1690: Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Rio Gallegos, Riesco

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Dive into the heart of the 17th century with this meticulously detailed map, 'Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del Fuego, cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire detectis novissima et accuratissima descriptio exhibetur'. Translated from Latin, the title eloquently reveals its purpose: 'A most recent and accurate depiction of the Magellanica Table, where the Land of Fire, with the most famous straits discovered by F. Magellan and I. Le Maire, is exhibited'. This map, crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, offers a fascinating snapshot of the Magellan Strait and the larger modern-day region of South America.

Visscher II was the grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, one of the most renowned mapmakers from the Dutch Golden Age. His work is a testament to the family's reputation for precision and artistry. This map is no exception, featuring the regions of Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Magallanes, and Chilean Antarctica, along with the cities of Rio Gallegos and the Riesco Island.

This map is not just a geographical representation but also a historical narrative. It captures the era's understanding of the world and the exploratory spirit that led to the discovery of these lands. The map is hand-colored in outline, and it displays cities, towns, waterways, canals, and mountains. It includes decorative cartouches, compass roses, and a vignette of ships in the ocean and native settlements on land, providing a glimpse into the period's culture and aesthetics.

The 'Tabula Magellanica' is a treasure trove for those who appreciate history, cartography, or simply the artistry of a bygone era. The map's relief is shown pictorially, adding a layer of depth and realism to the representation. It's not just a map; it's a piece of art, a historical document, and a testament to the human spirit of exploration. This map is an ideal addition to any collection, a conversation starter, and a source of endless fascination.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Tierra del Fuego:

  • Ushuaia: Known as the southernmost city in the world, founded as a penal colony in 1884.
  • Rio Grande: Established as a livestock mission in 1892, it's known for its wool production.

Patagonia:

  • Comodoro Rivadavia: Founded in 1901 during the construction of the railway.
  • Puerto Madryn: Established in 1865 by Welsh immigrants.
  • Trelew: Another settlement established by Welsh immigrants in 1886.

Magallanes:

  • Punta Arenas: Founded in 1848, it's the largest city in southern Chile.
  • Puerto Natales: Established in 1911, it's the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.

Chilean Antarctica:

  • Villa Las Estrellas: A Chilean town established in 1984, one of only two civilian settlements in Antarctica.
  • Eduardo Frei Base: The most populous Antarctic base, established in 1969.

Rio Gallegos:

  • Rio Gallegos: The capital city of the Santa Cruz Province, founded in 1885.

Riesco Island:

  • Riesco Island: An island rich in coal deposits, discovered in the 19th century.

Notable natural phenomena and tourist attractions:

  • Torres del Paine National Park: Known for its stunning natural beauty and hiking trails.
  • The Strait of Magellan: A major sea route separating mainland South America and Tierra del Fuego.
  • Beagle Channel: A strait separating islands of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, known for its abundant wildlife.
  • Cape Horn: The southernmost point of South America, a significant landmark for navigation.
  • Los Glaciares National Park: Home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

Notable historical events (1600-1690):

  • 1603: The Spanish Empire began the colonization of Chile.
  • 1641: The Dutch unsuccessfully attempted to establish a colony in Valdivia.
  • 1690: The map 'Tabula Magellanica' by Nicolaes Visscher II was created, showcasing the detailed geography of the region.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

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The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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