Gastaldi map. (Detail)
Drawn in 1556, discovered in 1850. Toward the bottom centre of this detail can be
seen the cross, which, according to Taylor, supports the argument that Cabot landed
on the Atlantic side of the Avalon Peninsula. The location of the site immediately to
the south east of the cross, C.desperanza or Cape of Hope, is unknown. Directly south
of the cross is inscribed "C. de' ras" which today we know as Cape Race. The small
island immediately to the north of the cross is "Bacalaos," known today as Baccalieu
Island and located at the head of Conception Bay. And immediately to the north of
"Bacalaos" is inscribed "Bonne ui|te" or Bonavista, the site which historians O'Dea
and Munn claim Cabot first sited after his Atlantic crossing.
Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives, Memorial University of Newfoundland Library, St. John's, Newfoundland.
Full version of the Gastaldi map.