posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 09:07 AM
Snot sure where to post this so can a mode move it to the relevant forum please ?
Just been posted on the BBC today.
Dead interesting article on the BBC website
Drawn half a millennium ago and then swiftly forgotten, one map made us see the world as we know it today... and helped name America.
"The map was the first to suggest the existence of what explorer Ferdinand Magellan would later call the Pacific Ocean, a mysterious decision
in that Europeans, according to the standard history of New World discovery, aren't supposed to have learned about the Pacific until several years
The map was one of the first documents to reveal the full extent of Africa's coastline, which had only very recently been circumnavigated by the
Portuguese. Perhaps most significant, it was also one of the first maps to lay out a vision of the world using a full 360 degrees of longitude. In
short, it was the the mother of all modern maps: the first document to depict the world roughly as we know it today.
Some very odd stuff in the article and quite thought inducing.
How did they map Africa so accurately ?
How did they know America was a continent for instance ?