AMERICA cum Supplementis Poly-Glottis


Hensel, Gottfriend


This map was created by Gottfried Hensel, a German philologist, and published in the Synopsis Universae Philologiae (with four linguistic maps showing continents) engraved on copper. It was published in Nuremberg by the heirs of Homann in 1741. The title "America cum Supplementis Poly-Glottis" indicates the obvious many languages shown on the right half. Also California is an island.

However, the glaring labels are "Florida" in the Texas-New Mexico area and "Virginia" in the east occupying the entire portion up to Canada and the whole peninsula of what we usually think of as being Florida.

The map may have been drawn as early as 1728, but even then most mapmakers (except de L'Isle, 1718 and Herman Moll, 1715) labeled the southeastern peninsula as "Florida".


Image scanned from an original map in a private collection.

Reference: Tooley (2003, 2004).

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