Gabriel Tatton

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       Gabriel Tatton was a sixteenth century cartographer of London. In 1600 he produced a map of New World which was engraved by Benjamin Wright. It was reissued in 1616. The legend at the top says, ďA new and recent delineation of the lands and kingdoms of California, New Spain, Mexico and Peru, together with an exact and absolute representation of the Gulf of Mexico to the island of Cuba and as far as the shores of the southern sea.Ē
     Tattonís map has been called the most beautiful map of the New World of its date. It is an important map because it depicts much of what had been discovered of the lower half of North America since Columbus.
     Lower California is shown as a peninsula, although some believed it to be an island until Eusebio Kino proved that it was not in 1705. In the upper left are the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, and the town of Tiguex where Coronado wintered in 1540. Florida extends as far as the R. de Spiritus Santo (the Mississippi), discovered by Hernando Desoto in 1541. In the upper right (under the stamp) are the Mons Appalaci (the Appalachians).
     In 1979 Mexico issued this airmail souvenir sheet with Tattonís map, marking the 400th anniversary of mail service in New Spain
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