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Johannes Vingboons : “Map of California Shown as an Island” (1650)

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A 1510 romance novel by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo describes “an island called California very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise,” that was “peopled by black women, without any man among them, for they live in the manner of Amazons.” With this in mind, it was easy for early explorers, sailing up the Gulf of California, to mistake the Baja Peninsula for just such an island. One of the most famous errors in cartographic history, it is repeated here by the Dutch cartographer and watercolorist Johannes Vingboons (also known as “Joan Vinckeboons”), whose artful maps were sought after by collectors even in his own time.

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