Hudson, Foxe, and James: The Search for the Northwest Passage

Christopher Columbus famously set out to sail to China and instead found the Americas. The riches of China and India drew traders, but the difficulty of known routes inspired explorers. When the Americas were found, the southern route around the Cape Horn proved an even more difficult route than the southern route around the Cape …

Anatomy of a Map: Gastaldi/Ramusio’s La Nuova Francia (Venice, 1556)

Our newest video takes a quick look at Gastaldi’s La Nuova Francia, one of the seminal maps in the history of New France, France’s early colonial claims in America. The map is filled with important cartographic details, depictions of life in the wilds of North America, fantasies, and myths. It is interesting to compare it …