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1928 Africa Vintage Map North West Sahara Desert Home Decor Wall Hanging

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The Fra Mauro map is "considered the greatest memorial of medieval cartography" and was made by a Venetian monk around 1450. It was originally designed with the south at the top and the north at the bottom (as in this version), and the detail in this cracking piece of cartography is absolutely mind blowing.

In an attempt to gain access to Baltic Sea and its major trade routes, Ivan launched an ultimately unsuccessful Livonian war to the west against the Swedes, Lithuanians, Poles and Livonian Teutonic Knights. The prolonged war nearly destroyed the economy. Lithuania united with The Kingdom of Poland and acquired an energetic leader, Stefan Batory, who was supported by Russia's southern enemy, the Ottoman Empire