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  Giamomo (Jacopo) Gastaldi  

Giamomo (Jacopo) Gastaldi

Tierra Nova In the sixteenth century, Italy was a leading financial and trading center and the hub of European cartography. Although map-making was still in its infancy, with the earliest printed maps having been published in the1470's, Italian map-makers became the first professional cartographers, drawing and designing maps on commission.

Of the Italian cartographers, Giacomo Gastaldi was the most prominent. Born into an important Piedmont family, Gastaldi was a Venetian engineer prior to becoming a mapmaker in the early
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