Thursday, March 22, 2007


Around the year 1500, California made its appearance as a fictional island. In 1622, California was confirmed to be an island. It stayed that way on most maps across all cultures for at least another 100 years.

Nicolas Sanson, 1657 AUDIENCE DE GUADALAJARA, NOUVEAU MEXIQUE, CALIFORNIE, &C.**ROYAL JUDICIAL COURT OF GUADALAJARA, NEW MEXICO, CALIFORNIA &C. This map is the earliest to emphasize the island of California and became the model for the delineation of California for the next fifty years

Henry Briggs, 1625 - initiated one of the most famous of all cartographic misconceptions, California as an island, which persisted until the end of the seventeenth century.

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1 comment:

Princess Haiku said...

Well, it can be argued that certain aspects to California are a work of fiction!