Story: Early mapping

16th-century map of the Pacific

Drawn by Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius in 1589, this map has the anticipated southern continent running along the bottom. It was published in the 1595 edition of Ortelius’s Theatrum orbis terrarum.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl 910a/1589/Acc.35004

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How to cite this page:

Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Early mappers: 1642–1800', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007