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Eduard Imhof, Karte der Gegend um den Walensee, 1938.

Eduard Imhof, Karte der Gegend um den Walensee, 1938.

This is an 1804 copy of perhaps the first ‘modern’ world map, made by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro in about 1450. It points south because 15th-century compasses were south-pointing. It shows the Portuguese discoveries in Africa and questioned the authority of medieval and classical sources. Intended for display in Venice, it emphasizes the feats of Marco Polo. The British East India Company commissioned this copy, thus implying that Britain was heir to the Portuguese empire.

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art

This is an 1804 copy of perhaps the first ‘modern’ world map, made by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro in about 1450. It points south because 15th-century compasses were south-pointing. It shows the Portuguese discoveries in Africa and questioned the authority of medieval and classical sources. Intended for display in Venice, it emphasizes the feats of Marco Polo. The British East India Company commissioned this copy, thus implying that Britain was heir to the Portuguese empire.

Topographical Atlas Of The City Of New York Including The Annexed Territory. Showing original water courses and made land.

Topographical Atlas Of The City Of New York Including The Annexed Territory. Showing original water courses and made land.

Amazon River Vintage Map  1923 Long by carambas on Etsy

Amazon River Vintage Map 1920s Antique Long Map Discovery of the Amazon River

Always trying to show my students the world from a different perspective.  This is the face of the globe I prefer to have showing...

Always trying to show my students the world from a different perspective. This is the face of the globe I prefer to have showing...

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