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Originally posted by Cicada
I don't think that it can really be said that all old maps labeled unexplored areas "Here there be dragons". I'm sure there are plenty of examples that could be presented where the phrase or something similar is used, and many, many more where no such indications are made. What really seems to be at play here is the propensity of certain mapmakers to illustrate empty areas of land and especially ocean with sea serpents, dragons and other mythological creatures. The reasons for this are going to be largely aesthetic.