In this section of the site, we provide images of maps that are useful for placing the documents, churches and archives that come together in this project within a historical context. These maps give perspective into how the mapmakers conceived of their world, as well as how borders and regions have changed over time.Not all of the maps included here are from archives that participate in the ESSSS project. For maps included in other digital archives, click on the map to access the database from which you can download a high quality copy. Reference information is included beneath each map.
Map of America by Diego Ribero, 1529
Map of America by Diego Ribero, 1529. Retraced by Johann Georg Kohl [1840?]. Pen-and-ink and blue watercolor, mounted on cloth, mounted on paper. American Memory, Map Collections. Library of Congress . Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.
Map of New Spain by Girolamo Ruscelli, 1561
Nueva Hispania tabula nova by Girolamo Ruscelli, 1561. Part of the Florida Historical Map Collection of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Library, Gainesville, Florida.
Map of the Gulf of Mexico by Pieter van der Aa, 1714
Scheeps Togt van Iamaica by Pieter van der Aa, 1714. Part of the Florida Historical Map Collection of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Library, Gainesville, Florida.