Title: Abriß deß Hertzogthums Mantua mit den Vmbligenden Landschaften 1630 (translation: Outline of the Hertzoghums Mantua with the Surrounding Landscapes 1630)
Location: Northern Italy, Mantua
Description: This is a map that tells a story by an unknown cartographer. He/she illustrates a canal city below what is a rendition of Northern Italy. The upper half is decorated with both a text box and a scale measure on the bottom right corner. Special detail is made to terrain, not accurately so but aesthetically nice.
1630 in Italy: 17th-century Italy doesn’t only witness great explorers discovering the New World, it holds increasing Papal power and a steep economic decline. Northern and Central Italy are victims to the bubonic plague from 1629 to 1631. It rolls grimly through the country and is commonly referred to as The Great Plague of Milan. Although efforts are made to quarantine and protect Italian citizens with increased public health measures and a limit on German troops (believed to be the carriers of the disease), the plague goes on to kill tens of thousands in Venice, The papal city of Bologna, Florence and the surrounding cities of Rome well into the 1650s.