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Map of the Maracaibo Lagoon, the tip of Paraguay, Aruba Island, Curacao and Bonaire, 1552

Map of the Maracaibo Lagoon, the tip of Paraguay, Aruba Island, Curacao and Bonaire, 1552


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Map of the Maracaibo Lagoon, the tip of Paraguay, Aruba Island, Curacao and Bonaire, 1552

Cartography, Venezuela, 16th century. Map of the Maracaibo Lagoon, the tip of Paraguay, Aruba Island, Curacao and Bonaire, 1552

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Media ID 9572309

© DEA / M. SEEMULLER

16th Century Paraguay


EDITORS COMMENTS
This 16th-century map takes us back in time to explore the intricate details of the Maracaibo Lagoon and its surrounding areas. Created in 1552, this antique cartographic masterpiece showcases the tip of Paraguay, Aruba Island, Curacao, and Bonaire with remarkable precision. The horizontal composition allows us to immerse ourselves in the rich history and geography of these regions. The skilled illustration and painting techniques employed by the cartographer bring life to this historical artifact. As we examine every stroke and contour on this print from Universal Images Group (UIG), we can't help but marvel at the artistry that went into creating such a detailed representation. With no people depicted on this map, our focus is solely on exploring these lands as they were centuries ago. We are transported to an era when these territories were still being discovered and mapped for exploratory purposes. This piece serves as a testament to human curiosity and our relentless pursuit of knowledge. As we study each element carefully - from Aruba Island's coastline to Maracaibo Lagoon's vast expanse - we gain insights into how early navigators perceived these locations. It offers a glimpse into their understanding of geographical features during that time period. This historic map holds immense value not only for historians but also for those who appreciate artistry combined with scientific exploration. It reminds us of our collective past while igniting a sense of wonder about what lies beyond familiar shores.

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