Map Archive Item
TitleDescripcion Del Destricto Del Audienca De La Espanola
DescriptionPrint of a map from a copper engraving by Antonio de Herra y Tordesillas from "Novus Orbis, sive Descrptio Indiae Occidentalis". This map was first published in Tordesillas’ official 1601 history of Spain’s achievements (Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos). It depicts the area controlled by the “audiencia” of Hispaniola, or Santo Domingo. The audiencia was the principal governmental and judicial body for that area of the Spanish colonies. It ranges from southeastern North America and The Bahamas, into the Caribbean, and down to the Tierra Firme region of mainland South America. The cartography is based on the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco (c. 1575-80), and despite its relatively crude execution, the map is accurate and detailed. Many of the place-names shown on the map are still in use today, a reminder of how Spain’s early colonial system shaped the modern Americas.
Print of a map from a copper engraving by Antonio de Herra y Tordesillas from "Novus Orbis, sive Descrptio Indiae Occidentalis". This rare map shows the Caribbean, the Venezuela coast and a small portion of Florida. Its cartography is based on the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco from c. 1575-80.