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untitled map of the South Pole
  • Country Unknown
  • untitled map of the South Pole, 1657
  • engraving
  • Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Oribs Maps 1:254
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.004
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Climate Change at the Poles," Jan-2009, Kate Meyer, Jennifer Talbot, and Angela Watts
This map identifies portions of countries recently “discovered” by the Dutch including Nova Hollandia (Australia), Nova Zeelandia (New Zealand), and Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). The outline of Terra Australis Incognita appears only faintly, showing a conservative view of what little was known of the continent. The penguins (for which today there are 17 recognized species) seen in the lower right corner of the image first became known to Europeans when Magellan spotted them in 1519 while
traveling in South America.