The Maps of Bert Twaalfhoven

From the Collections of Fordham University Libraries

10) Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae. (New Netherland and New England.) mid-1650's

Mapmaker: Justus Danckerts

This plate was produced in the mid-1650's, engraved as a copy of Nicholas Visscher's 1651 composite map (i.e., the 1650 map of J. Jansson and the 1650 New Amsterdam view of J. Blaeu). It was subsequently updated to include new place names and decorative touches not found in previous issues. It is the most lavishly decorated of all the early editions of this 17th century New Netherland map. The "Blaeu" view of New Amsterdam is the second earliest [engraved] image of the city (the first one being in a Joost Hartgers booklet). It was based on a 1648 pen-and-ink watercolor, which was discovered in the Albertina collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna in 1991.

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


Subscribe Now

Subscribe to NNI's  e-Marcurius and DAG to receive information about New Netherland-related events, activities, conferences, and research.


Support NNI

By supporting NNI you help increase awareness of the 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland and its legacy in America.