This influential and important foundation map was first published in 1570 in Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". It was the first map to draw the relationship between Asia, Japan, and America and to foster the idea of a Northeast Passage via Arctic Europe to Japan through the mythical "Straits of Anian" (now known as the Bering Straits). Japan is shown in an increasingly recognizable form. The map is also important in being the first to identify California and to give the name California to the Baja Peninsula.
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