Cartographers, Unite

Shown is Fra Mauro (b.1400), a Venetian monk with his famous map, showing the Known World of his day. He worked on it from 1448 to 1459.

Fra Mauro pieced together all the tidbits of information available to him from world travelers and merchants, ultimately arriving at an astonishingly accurate map, 6 feet square. An unexpected feature of the map for Us today is that North is at the bottom of the map, so Africa is at the top. (See “righted” image below.)

Many continents had not been “discovered”, but that gave everybody something to look forward to. Rhinos feel it could happen again, any day now. Why not?

Here is a blow-up, showing the wealth of detail included in the map itself. Zowie!

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