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20 fascinating ancient maps

Free.edu has posted an interesting list showcasing 20 fascinating ancient maps and why they are cool.

Modern and Completely Correct Map of the Entire World
Creator: Joan Blaeu
Date: 1659
Why it’s cool: Modern at the time, yes. Completely correct, not so much. The map reveals the limitations of knowledge regarding the west coast of North America, the Arctic, and New Holland (present-day Australia).

2 thoughts on “20 fascinating ancient maps

  1. I have an old map dated 1659 by guilermo blaeu and signed at bottom riight by j vanden ende. It looks nothing like to one pictured above. Did Jone Blaeu publish his fathers as well as his own in1659? I cant find anything on the internet that talks of a Blaeu map for that year.

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