posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 11:09 AM
most of this maps r based on XIII n XIV century portuguese maps,specially the piri reis map.
america was know by then.portugal sailed to norway n they made a combined trip to north america usin the old viking route.they was tryin to find a way
to asia n but it was too cold n too dangerous,they didnt believe there was a passage there so they didnt bother.columbus was on that trip,he was a
captain of one of the portuguese boats.
columbus knew about america before he got there,he knew the route to america pretty well.he arrived exacly where he wanted to arrive n he knew it
wasnt asia there,he just fooled the spanish.
even antartida was known by then,wit ice.portuguese were pushed to antartica wen tryin to cross the cape hope.
everythin was pretty much top secret in that time,only portuguese were allowed on the boats,who didnt respect the secrecy were killed.
john II had the plan to marry his son wit a spanish princess,wit that,iberic penisula wud be only one country wit the power in lisbon.his son died,(or
was killed) so his plan failed but the next king tryed to do the same thing,he married wit a spanish but he died too(killed).it was over.
was about that time that portuguese pilots n navigators started to leave portugal n work to other countries n they took maps n the secrets wit
them.spain,france,holland,england etc,they all had portuguese pilots n maps wit them.
spanish were tryin to find a passage to asia in central america but there was any,columbus already knew that.
one of that navigators who left portugal was fernao de magalhaes that u call magellan,he was one of the best portuguese navigators n he been in asia
before sailin south crossin cape hope.
he offered his services to spain n finally took them to asia crossin magelhan strait.he didnt care tryin to find a way in central america cos he knew
there was any.
none of that guys thought the world was flat,that wud be stupid.common people thought the world was flat or somethin else but that people didnt had
the only problem was about the size of the earth.was written in arab books the exact size of the earth but was still controversy about the subject.
latitude was a controversy too.for example,wen portuguese started their explorations they took ptolomy as correct but they found later ptolomy was
wrong n they made their own calculations.
people make a big thing about columbus discoverin america but that was just XIV century propaganda.people didnt give a # about america,specially north
america,there was nothin interestin there.they wanted to find a civilization to trade not naked natives.colonize america wasnt part of the plan.
portugal in brazil took some natives to the boat n show them some european stuff.they werent impressed lol
but then they saw some worthless glass things n they loved it.lol
by XIV century all the world was well know n most of it was already in maps but not everyone knew about it of course.
that maps r just old.still v interestin maps tho.