Nicolaus Jansz Visscher

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     The map, Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio, was made by Nicolaus Visscher of Amstrdam around 1652. The Visscher firm was operated by three men, father, son, and grandson, all named Nicholas Jansz. The date of the map would attribute the engraving of the map to the son (1618-1679).
     The primary source behind the map is America Septentrionalis by Henricus Hondius, the son of Jodocus, and America Meridionalis by Jan Jansson. 
     Several  features of the map show the misconceptions of the period: Brazil bounded by two interlocking rivers; California is shown as an island with the relatively flat northern coastline; North America features a large open lake in the Great Lakes region; Lake Ontario is noted as "Lac Contenant." The northwest coast of North America wraps around toward the east. "Anian" and "Straet Anian" are shown to the north and slightly east of California.

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