John Speed is my honorable ancestor.
It was from him (indirectly) that I acquired the middle name of "Speed."
I have been interested in maps since I was a Boy Scout, but the maps of John Speed are special, and
I have chosen to make a hobby out of collecting and studying them.
- Some of them show parts of the world that were
not fully explored at the time of his life.
- The maps show sailing ships, flags, natives, sea
monsters, mythical beings, and more.
- He is credited with publishing the first atlas
- He is also credited with being the first cartographer
to make the mistake of representing California as an island in an atlas.
- He produced the maps of Canaan that were bound into
the first edition of the King James Bible.
- He developed and wrote the Postdiluvian Genealogy of
Noah also bound in the first edition of the King James Bible
- He was a contemporary of William Shakespeare and lived in London.