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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NR: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [qb]heres' a British one for sale from 1587 (supposedly) that has it too.. ( i'm wondering how the Brits got the Spanish maps, there must be some connection... i bet that if you can find the one the brits were copying from? you'll find who was there. Map Maker: Jodocus Hondius / William Rogers Place / Date: London / 1587 Coloring: Uncolored Size: 21.5 inch diameter inches Condition: VG http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/19055 price appears to be if you have to ask? you can't afford it... what an amazingly accurate map for the date, huh? [/qb][/QUOTE]It appears that the Brits got their info from the French, who in turn, had stolen it from the Spanish. Englishman Richard Hakluyt purchased the "Codex Mendoza" from Frenchman Andre Thevet in 1587. The very same year, Hakluyt published a map which shows a lake in the same location as Thevet's 1575 map. This Codex was stolen from the Spanish by the French and landed in the hands of Thevet around 1553. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hakluyt [i]"At the age of 30, being acquainted with "the chiefest captaines at sea, the greatest merchants, and the best mariners of our nation", he was selected as chaplain and secretary to accompany Stafford, now English ambassador at the French court, to Paris in 1583. [b]In accordance with the instructions of Secretary Francis Walsingham, he occupied himself chiefly in collecting information of the Spanish and French movements, and "making diligent inquirie of such things as might yield any light unto our westerne discoverie in America"[/b][/i] Richard Hakluyt's purchase of the Codex from Thevet makes sense because it was a stolen Spanish document with information regarding the Americas. Hakluyt was simply performing his duties under the direction of "spymaster" Francis Walsingham. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Walsingham Any information that Hakluyt learned would most likely have been passed on to Walsingham, which may explain how a lake shows up on the Dutch Jodocus Hondius map, (which you previously linked), also published in 1587. The Dutch were allies with the English at the time and Jodocus Hondius is primarily known for publishing the works of Sir Francis Drake. IMO, it doesn't seem too far of a stretch to suggest that Jodocus Hondius,(because of his close connection with Drake), may have obtained information regarding a lake from either Walsingham or Hakluyt. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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