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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 20

ANOTHER DRAKE'S VOYAGE MAP MEDAL

[An alert reader pointed me to another example of the
Drake voyage map medal. -Editor]

by Halliday, T.?: USA,  c.1820, White Metal, 74 mm

Obv: Western hemisphere showing North and South America
with continents and other land masses and bodies of water
labeled as they were known in the early 19th century.
These include New Albion (anachronistic) in the Western
United States, New Saledonia (now New Caledonia), Jugo
(much of the southern portion of South America), and the
Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

Rev: Eastern Hemisphere with continents and other land
masses and bodies of water labeled as they were known in
the early 19th century. These include, among others, New
Holland (Australia), Van Diemanís Land (Tasmania), and
Barbary in North Africa (now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
and Libya) Ref: Rulau E9;  Eimer 141/1139

The projection system used on this medal was originally
created by the Dutch cartographer Gerard Mercator, the
man best known for the Mercator Projection. Gerard Mercator
was born in Rupelmonde, Flanders, in 1512, and in his 80
years of life, he fundamentally changed the way people
looked at maps and at the world. In 1569, Mercator unveiled
his famous projection, a new way of making a map that was
designed to show accurate distances between various points.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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