I am currently playing a game on the Western Hemisphere (huge) map and am very impressed. It seems to be at least double the size of the huge custom maps and much closer to the size of the maps in the original game. It has taken me 150 turns to explore it. This game I settled in Brazil but next time I'd like to try somewhere different. Where have others settled on this map? I like the look of the Seattle/Vancouver area. There are good rivers there and plenty of fur, tobacco, cotton and ore availabe, possibly silver too. Your trading colony would only be one turn away from the sea lanes to Europe. You could get there in 20 turns by putting down your first colony at Panama. The main hassle I guess would be that every time you bought a new ship it would arrive off Brazil! I wonder if the King's men land there too.