Le Nouveau Mexique et la Floride: Tirees de diverses Cartes, et Relations. Par N. Sanson d’Abbeville Georgr odre du Roy
Made for the French earliest map to focus on the Spanish territories, Sanson’s work became the model future mapmakers would use to chart territories from Florida to California. It is also considered one of the two most influential maps concerning the depiction of California as an island.
Pierre Mariette, Nicolas Sanson, Paris, 1656
A New and Accurat Map of the World drawne according to ye truest Descriptions latest Discoveries & best Observations that have beene made by English or strangers. 1651
In addition to the island, this map overestimates the northern region of present-day Canada and Alaska.
John Speed, Richard Chriswell, London, 1676
Planisphere Terrestre. Suivant les nouvelles Observations des Astronomes. Dresse et presente au Roy tres Chretien par M.r Cassini le Fils, de l’Acadamie Royal des Sciences. A Leide Chez Pierre vander Aa. Avec Privilege.
Although the eighteenth century saw the gradual decline of this cartographic myth, many mapmakers continued to depict it for yet another century.
Pieter van der Aa, Jean-Dominique Cassini, Leiden, 1713