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Terra Incognita

EverGreene Painting Studios

Oil on Canvas



The map is inscribed "Terra Incognita" (Latin for "Unknown Territory"). On it, the names of the original Native American tribes of the eastern coast of North America appear in the tribes' approximate geographic locations. This first map shows the edge of the continent before the arrival of Columbus, whose three ships are depicted crossing the ocean.


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Taken on November 29, 2011