• Waiting for Ile Saint Jean to appear on the Maps of the World: The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

    Ile Saint Jean, correctly positioned in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, becomes a fairly certain feature in world mapping only in the 1630s. With one exception found in a 1689 Basque chart drawn on parchment which shows the shape of Ile Saint Jean and its relationship to surrounding land masses, the maps, both manuscript and printed, that were being produced at that time show little awareness of these details. The maps that were being produced were far more interested in creating a picture of the whole world, not a needle in a haystack of interest only to fishermen, and these came to be called mappamundi.   The Origins of the Mappamundi…