Museum of Natural History to Exhibit Antique Maps of the Pacific Coast

Posted on Oct 5 by SEASONS Magazine

Paskaerte van Nova Granada, Pieter Goos (1616–1675) Amsterdam, 1666. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Paskaerte van Nova Granada, Pieter Goos (1616–1675) Amsterdam, 1666. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will exhibit antique maps and books from the 17th to the 19th centuries in a show titled The Kingdom of California; Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration. This exhibit is shown through the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery and will be held from October 5 through January 2.

The Kingdom of California provides stories from the “Age of Exploration” with early mapping of the Pacific Coast told through antique maps loaned from the La Jolla Map and Atlas Museum, the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.

The exhibit includes rare maps which depict California as an island. This miscalculation was thought to be the result from a report of a 17th-century Spanish expedition which was later copied from European cartographers, this mistaken map was circulated for over 100 years. The exhibit also includes a series of mid-19th-century coastal charts issued by the United States Coast Survey of the Channel Islands, the coastline, and Santa Barbara. The charts were created by the pioneering scientist George Davidson, his research established remarkably accurate survey maps to the navigational charts we use today.

Admission to the fall exhibit of The Kingdom of California; Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration is free with paid admission to the Museum. The Maximus Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.sbnature.org.

Jordan Duggan

 

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