Hondius’s landmark map of 1606, this example issued in 1609, which was the only regional map of North America in the first edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas.
Burden notes that it is “a composite largely of John White’s Virginia and Jacques le Moyne’s Florida as interpreted by Thedore de Bry in 1590 and 1591 respectively. Chesepioock Sinus representing Chesapeake Bay is still shown in its White delineation. At the end of this years, 1606, a party of Englishmen left England to begin arguably the most important colonization of North America in theis very bay, at Jamestown. Within just a few years the entire region would be complete revised cartographically… The map is embellished with various game including a wild turkey. Examples of Indian villages in Florida and Virginia appear in cartouches either side of the title. The map’s scale and decorativeness make it very sought after…”
This 1609 issue can be dated from the French text on the verso and the signature mark Rrrrrrr. There were additional issues of the map over the next thirty years.
Verso Text: French