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North America at the end of the 17th century

North America at the end of the 17th century

This most interesting map is taken from the atlas of Justus Danckerts published in Amsterdam circa 1690. The atlas forms part of the fascinating Library and Archive of the Bristol Moravian Church, deposited in the University Library. It is memorable not only for seventeenth-century cartography but also for numerous later maps by the likes of Samson, Bowen, Bontein and, above all, the Homann family. The compiler included many maps from the European heartlands but the far-reaching geography of the Moravian missions has left its mark for instance in maps of Berbice, Jamaica, and Neu Hernnhuth (Greenland). Henry Oxley Stephens, Medical Superintendent of the Bristol Borough Lunatic Asylum at Stapleton, presented the atlas to his church in 1871.