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Route of Drakes voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, 1586 (coloured engraving)

Route of Drakes voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, 1586 (coloured engraving)


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Route of Drakes voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, 1586 (coloured engraving)

5242110 Route of Drakes voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, 1586 (coloured engraving) by Boazio, Baptista (fl.1588-1606); Private Collection; (add.info.: From Map and views illustrating Sir Francis Drakes West Indian voyage, 1585-86 made by an English expedition fleet of 23 ships lead by Drake from Plymouth back to Portsmouth during the Anglo-Spanish War.); Italian, out of copyright

Media ID 22781406

© Bridgeman Images

Americas Atlantic Caribbean Cartographic Elizabethan Expansion Hydrography Islands Navigation New World Plymouth Portsmouth Route Sea Chart West Indian West Indies


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This coloured engraving depicts the route of Sir Francis Drake's historic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1586. Created by Italian cartographer Baptista Boazio, this print showcases the remarkable journey undertaken by an English expedition fleet led by Drake during the Anglo-Spanish War. The intricate details of this artwork highlight not only the geographical aspects but also the significant historical context surrounding Drake's exploration. The map reveals various islands and coastlines, including those in the Caribbean and West Indies, as well as parts of Africa and North America. As we delve into this visual representation, we are transported back to a time when maritime expeditions were at their peak. This engraving serves as a testament to England's naval prowess and its thirst for discovery during the Elizabethan era. The presence of ships on this map symbolizes both expansion and conquest, showcasing England's determination to explore new territories while engaging with Spanish forces. It is fascinating to see how these voyages paved the way for colonialism and shaped our understanding of navigation in that period. Through Boazio's skilled craftsmanship, we can almost feel ourselves aboard one of those vessels sailing across uncharted waters towards unknown horizons. This print offers us a glimpse into history – a vivid reminder of humanity's relentless pursuit for knowledge and adventure.

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