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The Dutch were not only active traders in Asia but also in North and South America. There the trade was coordinated by the West Indian Company which was founded in 1621. Thanks to accurate maps the Company succeeded in starting trade in this wide-spread area. Many of those maps were managed by Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571-1638) who was, besides publisher, also the official map maker of the West Indian Company. However, Blaeu was not allowed to include these maps in his atlases for publication. For this map of Colombia and Panama, Blaeu used information from the "Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien", a famous book by Joannes de Laet (1583-1649) published in 1625.

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Author Willem Jansz.Blaeu
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