"America Borealis multis in locis Dei Matrem colit & honorat…", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: North America
Period: 1699 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Marianus - Atlas Novus, Part III
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 9 inches
35.1 x 22.9 cm
This richly engraved map shows the island of California with a large, central mountain range. It shows the Mississippi River originating in two large lakes in present-day Canada, and the island of California is depicted with an indented top coast on the later Sanson model. A small part of the imaginary land of Anian is separated from the mainland by the Fretum Anian. This map of North America is from a series that was created by Scherer to show the spread of Catholicism throughout the New World. The Jesuit missions in Mexico and Central America are depicted with a small symbol of a star in a circle. The map is decorated with a pictorial title cartouche depicting the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity. Ships and sea monsters embellish the oceans.
References: Burden #755; McLaughlin #129.