Discovery and Exploration of the Americas

[Attributed to] Battista Agnese. Manuscript portolan atlas of the world. 1557.
[Attributed to] Battista Agnese. Manuscript portolan atlas of the world. 1557. Vault Ayer MS Map 12.

For the period of discovery and exploration of the Americas, the holdings of the Newberry are extensive. Many of these materials, which record the contacts between the Native peoples and Europeans, beginning with Columbus, are part of the Edward E. Ayer Collection. The Ayer collection’s broad scope allows researchers to see the American reconnaissance as part of the larger history of the voyages of exploration.