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Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

The Cantino planisphere from 1502 is the earliest surviving map showing recent discoveries by Portuguese mariners in the east and west. This is thought to be the earliest map of America

This very decorative world map, with Antarctica, as well as parts of North America, still absent, was produced in Amsterdam in 1689  Read more at http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2009/08/unusual-and-marvelous-maps.html#PjsIG62ubst42bdB.99

A fascinating interactive map shows how different countries really compare in size – a problem that has for centuries stumped cartographers trying to show the spherical Earth on a flat piece of paper.

Here’s a great map of the city of Venice, showing most of the major buildings from 1565

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

The Carta Marina from 1539 - A modern satellite image revealed that sea monsters shown on this map correspond to well known storm fronts, dangerous currents and maritime hazards.

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

A droll caricature map of England, printed for Bowles & Carver; art by Robert Dighton, printed circa 1795

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

Dark Roasted Blend: Unusual and Marvelous Maps

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