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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NR: [QB] The more I look into this, the more I am convinced that the Codex is the "source" that made Andre Thevet's lake credible to other cartographers of the period. The lake is featured on maps by Richard Hakluyt in 1587, and then by Samuel Purchas in 1625, both of which had possession of the Codex Mendoza prior to publishing. As best I can tell, (I am still working on this lead), all other maps of the period that feature the lake, were either made by friends of Hakluyt or Purchas, or were made using information from Hakluyt's or Purchas's map. I am still puzzled however, by the accurate placement of said lake. While the account of a lake to the north, (homeland of the Aztecs), is obvious, there is nothing in the Codex Medoza that give any sort of location of the lake, other than a general direction of the migration, and the amount of time taken to migrate from said lake, without any references to distances traveled during those time periods. The placement of the lake is far too accurate to have been drawn from anything in the Codex Mendoza, and almost too accurate to even have been measured directly, given the difficult in determining longitude and crude methods and tools used at the time. There is still the possibility that it's location on Thevet's map was purely a very luck guess. Anyhow, I am still working on this one, and actually have a bit more time these days to pursue this and try and get something done. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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