The Voyages and Colonising Enterprises of Sir Humphrey Gilbert
Journals G161 H2 Ser. 2 no. 84
London: Hakluyt Society
This map, by London merchant and colony promoter Michael Lok (b. 1532), was essentially a promotional tool. It originally featured in Richard Hakluyt’s Divers Voyages (1582) and was a means of attracting investors and prospective colonists to Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s (c. 1539-83) proposed Norombega (Newfoundland) colony. It is described as ‘one of the most bizarre Arctic maps ever drawn’: Greenland is in three bits; Florida is unusually close to Canada; and there is the mysterious island of Lok. Gilbert’s 1582 colonising expedition failed and he was lost at sea in a storm off the Azores in 1583.
David Beers Quinn, “The Voyages and Colonising Enterprises of Sir Humphrey Gilbert,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed August 18, 2018, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10495.
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