Map of the Pacific Ocean
Maris Pacifici

Abraham Ortelius [Ortels], Flemish, 1527 - 1598

Date:
1590

Medium:
Hand-colored engraving

Dimensions:
Plate: 13 1/2 x 19 9/16 inches (34.3 x 49.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1954-78-5

Credit Line:
Gift of an anonymous donor, 1954

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Label:
The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480–1521) and his team of five ships were the first to cross the Pacific Ocean, but only one ship—the Victoria, shown on this map—returned to Spain in 1522. Japan is depicted next to the Asian continent.