According to the old tradition, medieval cartographers would painstakingly sketch and illustrate maps of their known world.  And in the blank areas of the map where they simply did not know what was there, they would write this simple, ominous Latin phrase: hc svnt dracones.  Here be dragons.

Hc Svnt Dracones (Part One) – Facing The Dragon

According to the old tradition, medieval cartographers would painstakingly sketch and illustrate maps of their known world. And in the blank areas of the map where they simply did not know what was there, they would write this simple, ominous Latin phrase: hc svnt dracones. Here be dragons.

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A chart of New York Harbour : with the soundings, views of l... | por New York Public Library

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Scully: On the old mariner maps, the cartographers would designate unexplored territories by simply writing "Here Be Monsters".  Mulder: I've seen the same thing on maps of New York City.  — The X-Files, "Quagmire"

Scully: On the old mariner maps, the cartographers would designate unexplored territories by simply writing "Here Be Monsters". Mulder: I've seen the same thing on maps of New York City. — The X-Files, "Quagmire"

The world, on Mercator's projection / by David H. Burr - ID: ps_map_205 - NYPL Digital Gallery

The world, on Mercator's projection / by David H. Burr - ID: ps_map_205 - NYPL Digital Gallery

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Collection   David Rumsey Historical Map Collection   Collection    Author:    Martin, R.M.; Tallis, J. & F. Author   Martin, R.M.; Tallis, J. & F.   Author    Date:    1851 Date   1851   Date    Short Title:    New Zealand.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Collection David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Collection Author: Martin, R.M.; Tallis, J. & F. Author Martin, R.M.; Tallis, J. & F. Author Date: 1851 Date 1851 Date Short Title: New Zealand.

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