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Featuring large decorative cartouche, elaborate compass rose, 4 sailing ships and 3 sea monsters. Nearly 100 place names shown, with extensive details throughout the map. Although the interior terrain is not mapped with any particular degree of accuracy, Blaeu's map nevertheless conveys a vivid impression of the difficult terrain of the Andes in Peru.
''As early as 1520, Spanish settlers in Panamá had heard tales of a powerful civilization rich in gold that lay to the south, and in 1522 an expedition was organised to find this land and the people called Birú or Pirú in the south. In 1524 Francisco Pizarro led the first of his expeditions that led ultimately to the discovery and conquest of the Inca empire which extended over wide areas of modern Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and part of Chile. Pizarro obtained from Atahuallpa, the head of the Inca empire, a huge ransom of silver and gold that made Spain rich almost beyond the most inventive dreams of the Spanish conquerors, and once the mountain city of Cuzco was captured in 1533, the Spanish hold over much of South America was virtually complete." (Goss)
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