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Map Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean.


  • The map presented here is from the Miller Atlas in the collections of the National Library of France. Produced for King Manuel I of Portugal in 1519 by cartographers Pedro Reinel, his son Jorge Reinel, and Lopo Homem and miniaturist António de Holanda, the atlas contains eight maps on six loose sheets, painted on both sides. This map (folio 6 recto in the atlas) shows the coast of Europe from Holland to Malaga and the African coast from Melilla (a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco) to Cape Palmas (present-day southeast Liberia), as well as the British Isles, the Azores, the Canary Islands, and the Cape Verde Islands. The coasts of the Americas are shown in three sections: from Labrador to Acadia (present-day southeast Maine) with nomenclature for Newfoundland only (Terra Corte Regalis); from Virginia to the Gulf of the Mexico (Terra Bimenes, then an indigenous name for Florida), without nomenclature; and from the Yucatan and Cuba (Ante Ylläs) to the Mundus Novus (New World) of South America. The map has no rhumb lines, but only a grid corresponding to the north-south and east-west rhumbs. There is no wind rose. The map is rich in nomenclature for the coast of Guyana and the West Indies. Nomenclature along the coasts is in black and red cursive script; nomenclature on the seas is in black capital letters. At the top, a wide cartouche shaped like a streamer is left blank; on its right, another scroll cartouche contains text. Close to Florida is another cartouche surrounded by a brown frame with threads of gold with a caption. In Central America, there is a similar cartridge with the caption, Antilliarz ista In Castelle Regis parte / auri Mineralia inveniuntur (This [place called] Antilliarz is in the Kingdom of Castile / gold ores are found there). The map is rich in decoration. Mountains are seen in perspective. Landscapes with animals are shown in Africa, Acadia, and Florida. In Central America, dark-skinned natives are depicted hunting with arrows and working the soil. Spanish flags and shields west of the center fold separate Newfoundland from Florida and Central America. Portuguese flags are planted on Newfoundland, along the African coast, and in Portugal; Spanish flags mark the Canary Islands. Nine of the 13 ships on the map fly the Portuguese Cross of the Order of Christ as they traverse the ocean. The map is bordered on three sides by a red box outlined in black. The atlas takes its name from Emmanuel Miller, who purchased it in 1855 from a bookseller in Santarém, Portugal. Miller's widow sold it to the National Library of France in 1897.


  • Holanda, António de, approximately 1480-1556 Illustrator.
  • Homem, Lopo, flourished 1517-1565 Cartographer.
  • Manuel I, King of Portugal, 1469-1521 Patron.
  • Reinel, Jorge, active 16th century Cartographer.
  • Reinel, Pedro, born approximately 1464 Cartographer.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1519.


  • -  1519
  • -  Coasts
  • -  North Atlantic Ocean
  • -  Portolan charts


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Scales of lengths in the Atlantic Ocean 24 divisions = 154 millimeters, five divisions = 32 millimeters; scale of latitudes on the right of the scale of lengths and off the Azores, graduated from 64° north to 5° south; ten degrees = 86 millimeters; no indication of longitude."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 map, 2 pages, vellum : illustrations ; 118 x 61 centimeters.
  • -  Reference extracted from World Digital Library: Catherine Hofmann, Hélène Richard, Emmanuelle Vagnon, et al., The Golden Age of Maritime Maps: When Europe Discovered the World (Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2013).
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of France.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Miller Atlas

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  • 2021668715

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Chicago citation style:

Holanda, António De, Approximately Illustrator, Lopo Homem, King Of Portugal Manuel I, Jorge Reinel, and Pedro Reinel. Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1519] Map.

APA citation style:

Holanda, A. D., Homem, L., Manuel I, K. O. P., Reinel, J. & Reinel, P. (1519) Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Holanda, António De, Approximately Illustrator, et al. Nautical Atlas of the World, Folio 6 Recto, North Atlantic Ocean. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1519] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.