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Map of the Atlantic Ocean by Hessel Gerritsz, 1622

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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This gilded ceremonial nautical chart which was drawn in 1622 in the manner of a painting is the work of Hessel Gerritsz, who was the chief hydrographer of the Dutch East India Company from 1617 to 1632. This is the first depiction of the Pacific Ocean in its whole as it was then sailed through by Dutch ships. The author of this portolan included portraits of the Pacific discoverers, Balboa, Magellan and Le Maire. He thus paid tribute to the navigators while asserting Holland's claim to dominance over the whole of this ocean.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE SH ARCH-30 (RES)
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Author : HOFMANN Catherine (Conservatrice en chef au département des Cartes et plans de la BnF)
Director : GUILLEMAIN Franck
Scientific referent : HOFMANN Catherine
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cote GE SH ARCH-30 (RES)

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BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)



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Geography ; History




Colonialisation ; Document


Pacific Ocean ; America ; Australia ; Java ; Oceania

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Item No.6865
PublicLarge audience
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