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.
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"
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.