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1635 BLAEU DUTCH MAP PATAGONIA CHILE MAGELLAN STRAITS
1635 BLAEU DUTCH MAP PATAGONIA CHILE MAGELLAN STRAITS
This is a very decorative map of the Magellan Strait, from the golden age of Dutch cartography, the seventeenth century, by Willem Janszoon Blaeu. Map continues the idea that Cape Horn is the promontory of a cape. Map is notable for its scale, which illustrates how, with Mercator’s projection, distances increase toward the poles. Several Fuegians, naked or scantily dressed, stand next to it, reflecting what explorers had reported with both shock and surprise—that the natives of the territory appear comfortable in frigid weather with nothing on. To his credit, Blaeu has deleted any reference to Patagonian giants, while other maps from the period still claimed they existed. From map: “Freti Magellanici ac novi freti vulgo Le Maire exactissima delineatio.” Amsterdam, 1635.
 
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