I love old maps like this. We have a government-funded website  which contains historical maps back to the beginning of the 18th century and which can be overlayed on top of current maps. Some of them are beautifully drawn, with tiny castles etc. And they are likely the results of years and years of fairly manual labor and it's striking how accurate they are. It's nice to see our street already existed back then, and some houses are still in the exact same place and some even already existed then (though there were only about 5, vs 50 now). And the church was already there of course. Many of the names of streets/forests/areas haven't changed much phonetically but mainly spelling-wise. And the old names give an insight into why villages were named the way they were.
interesting. Link to the actual zoomable map:
Interesting that the name "America" is only used for (a part of) Brazil. This appears to support the consensus that America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, who first explored South America.
Shame. As a Welshman, I quite like this version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Amerike
There's a wonderful collection of US maps including historical, geologic, thematic and minute/degree over at the USGS Store. There also really cheap to order/ship. I bought six maps of the Louisiana area (including one that was ~50 inches wide!) for a total of about 25 USD.
500 year old Piri Resi map also have similar drawings.
the wikipedia page for early world maps is worth a look, it shows how they improved over the years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_world_maps
I was struck by how much more accurate the linked one is than the c1300 mappa mundi, which lives in my home town.
You can by this as a print:
60 inch print is $210 14 inch print is $40
An old map over the nordic countries from 1539 is also quite accurate, and have some interesting creatures.
If you enjoy old maps and fantastic creatures, you might like Eco's "Legendary Lands" book, which is basically an anthology of stories and visions of the world made up in the past.
I find old maps fascinating and beautiful.
One (superficial) thing that immediately jumps out at me is how similar that first image is to the weird 'flat-earth' maps produced by conspiracy-theorists and/or trolls today.
Of course the story shows us that this is merely the projection used by the mapmaker, not that they thought the earth was flat.
Around the middle of the West African coast, we have >Capo de tre ponte
Presumably Cape Three Points (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Three_Points).
Fascinating that this landmark was known even then.
Interestingly, the map has Brasil, a mythical island off the coast of Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brasil_(mythical_island)
It's interesting how land mass between black sea and baltic sea is greatly underestimated while Finnish gulf size is greatly overestimated.
I guess somebody couldn't wrap their mind around having so much land.
For all old maps fascinados: http://mapire.eu/en/ Well done site with great viewing options!
I'm always surprised at the awful artistic skills of maps during this period. If you look at the details, you can see how wobbly and uneven the simplest of lines and curves are. It seems odd because on the very large scale it would appear as if some sort of compass and other devises were used, but simple lines consist of overlapping strokes, erratic and handwritting that refuses to be consistently centered, and child-like scribbles for trees. For a 20 year effort, it seems careless and lacking in even rudimentary art skills. But this seems tn be every map from the period, not just this one.
Beautiful map. Reminds me of the maps in the LOTR books.
I would seriously love if they took the scan and sold prints (maybe even a special full-size one) to help their funding.
I would be very curious to see it distorted into a more familiar projection or wrapped onto a globe.
Love how it got Frisa correctly down as a bunch of man made hills sticking out of the water.